Mendoza Vintage Chart

Many have told me that they love the 2010 Vintage right now but this makes me consider grabbing a 2011 as well.

Vintage Score Drinking Rec Description
2012 87-90 NYR What began as a hot vintage finished with unusually cool and cloudy conditions in March, delaying harvest up to two weeks; early releases show ripe yet round profiles
2011 91 Drink or hold Challenging vintage, with frost, high winds, hail, drought, cold and rain; yet naturally low yields and warm Indian summer yielded ripe fruit balanced with fresh acidity
2010 89 Drink or hold Cool and cloudy; spring frost reduced yields in some areas, but a late harvest allowed the remaining grapes to evenly mature, with slightly lower alcohol levels
2009 88 Drink or hold Growing season marked by La Niña; warm and very dry, with a heat spike during veraison, though Malbec tolerated it well. Whites less consistent; yields low
2008 86 Drink or hold Cool, wet weather in first half of season; late April frost hit crop hard in parts of Mendoza. Some successes, but reds picked after frost can be off-kilter; choose carefully
2007 88 Drink or hold Up-and-down season, with hail, cold and rain; wines have lower alcohols and softer tannins. Late-ripening spots in Mendoza (La Consulta, Altamira) strongest
2006 91 Drink Cool but dry season, with harvest stretching into April and May. Consistent for all major varieties; top Malbecs show excellent purity, balance and poise
2005 90 Drink Cool temperatures early in the season led to reduced yields, but warm, dry March and April helped ripen grapes; late-ripening Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon excelled
2004 90 Drink Warm, dry season with Malbec the star; some heavy rains late in the season led to variable Cabernet Sauvignon
2003 91 Drink February heat wave during a long, dry season led to some inconsistencies, but Malbec excellent
2002 94 Drink Stellar growing season with optimal harvest conditions yielded racy, ripe fruit. Best vintage in a generation, with all varieties performing well
2001 87 Drink Cool growing season, with the harvest dampened by some rain. Cabernet Sauvignon generally better than Malbec
2000 86 Past peak Cool and wet, but a long growing season allowed for a late-ripening harvest. Malbec generally better than Cabernet Sauvignon
1999 90 Past peak Dry, sunny growing season; small crop of ripe, concentrated reds with rich tannins
1998 75 Past peak Harvest decimated by El Niño rains; many producers didn’t release wines
1997 88 Past peak Drought year produced concentrated, burly reds
¹ Vintage Description and ratings from Wine Spectator

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