Rioja Vintage Chart

Sometimes staring at a bunch of wines can be overwhelming. One, almost, surefire way to find a decent wine is to go by the “vintage” or year the wine was made.  I compiled a few things together here from the Wine Spectator and also from the Region’s regulatory body in order to create a reliable “Vintage Chart” that will help you find a wine you are likely to enjoy.

Vintage Score DOCA Classification Description
2010 93 Excellent Ripe, balanced wines with racy acidity and moderate tannins
2009 91 Very Good Hot and dry season; solid wines with ripe fruit
2008 88 Very Good Balanced wines, focused and expressive, with bright acidity
2007 86 Very Good Cool growing season; many wines light, best are elegant
2006 88 Very Good Fresh, supple wines with crisp red fruit flavors
2005 93 Excellent Lively, balanced and graceful; firm yet expressive
2004 93 Excellent Balanced, with ripe black fruit flavors and lively acidity
2003 86 Good Hot year. Ripe fruit with good concentration, but some overripeness
2002 84 Good Cool summer, rainy harvest, low yields. Best wines are ripe and concentrated
2001 93 Excellent Hot, dry weather gave ripe wines with opulent flavors and powerful structure
2000 85 Good Huge yields. Top producers made good wines, but others are light
1999 81 Very Good Irregular ripening and rainy harvest led to light wines
1998 79 Good Cold, rainy harvest. Tough wines with structure but little charm
1997 78 Very Good Rainy summer, light wines
1996 88 Excellent Balanced wines with good fruit and firm structure
1995 92 Excellent Rich wines with good structure and excellent balance
1994 89 Excellent Ripe, powerful wines ¹


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