Vintage Guides

From Rioja to the Rhone, our vintage guide tells you which year to drink and why more.

2005 vintage guide for California Merlot

2005 vintage guide for California Merlot

Weather Conditions Best Appellations Sonoma, Sierra Foothills, Mendocino and the Lake Counties, San Francisco Bay area and Napa Valley Best Producers Waterstone

2005 vintage guide for Washington State Merlot

2005 vintage guide for Washington State Merlot

Weather Conditions Warm summer months, cool autumn temperatures and a mild winter yielded a record wine grape harvest for 2005. Moderate winter temperatures and a warm Indian summer led to…

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2005 vintage guide for Germany

Weather Conditions The current mood in Germany’s wine estates and cooperatives is one of great satisfaction – not least because the 2005 vintage is already acclaimed as being exceptionally good.…

Bordeaux Graves vineyards

2005 vintage guide for Medoc and Graves

Weather Conditions This year was very dry with little rainfall from May to August. Showers broke the drought in September then drying winds coming by harvest time. The acidities, sugar…

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2005 vintage guide for Italy Piedmont

Weather Conditions Climate conditions have been erratic with many producers saying it’s been a tough and difficult vintage. The early part of the summer saw draught and moderate temperatures before…

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2005 vintage guide for Red Burgundy

Weather Conditions The region as a whole had good weather throughout the summer with mostly dry, sunny days and cool nights. Rain fell across the region on 19 August, bringing…

2005 vintage guide for Italy Tuscany

2005 vintage guide for Italy Tuscany

Weather Conditions Climate conditions have been erratic with many producers saying it’s been a tough and difficult vintage. Earlier this summer the warm weather was such that producers were talking…

2005 vintage guide for Saint-Emilion and Pomerol

2005 vintage guide for Saint-Emilion and Pomerol

Weather Conditions Flowering started on 23 May and continued with excellent summer weather conditions. With only 400mm of rain overall, the year was fairly dry. The harvest started about two…

2005 vintage guide for Oregon Pinot Noir

2005 vintage guide for Oregon Pinot Noir

Weather Conditions After recent vintages that brought warmer weather, early ripeness and higher alcohol, this year’s Oregon wine harvest occurred later than most expected, resulting in cooler temperatures that many…

2005 vintage guide for Vintage Port

2005 vintage guide for Vintage Port

Weather Conditions With only 6 millimetres of rain in June and none at all in July and August, the vines were showing signs of severe stress at the end of…

2005 vintage guide for Red Australia

2005 vintage guide for Red Australia

Weather Conditions Harvest 2005 had a good lead-in to the season with good winter and spring rains establishing favourable soil moisture levels in most locations. The ripening and harvest period…

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2005 vintage guide for Red South Africa

Weather Conditions Many reports point to the see-saw weather conditions, especially in the weeks running up to the harvest. In Stellenbosch, South Africa’s main wine region, warm and dry weather…

2005 vintage guide for Red Rhone

2005 vintage guide for Red Rhone

Weather Conditions A dream vintage with near-perfect conditions right through until September, though anxieties were raised early on in Northern Rhône when a heavy snowstorm in April hit Hermitage, Cornas…

2005 vintage guide for Red South America

2005 vintage guide for Red South America

Weather Conditions Chile The 2004-2005 season started with spring a little colder than usual in most parts of the country. According to some reports, valleys in the central area were…

Bordeaux Sauternes vineyards

2005 vintage guide for Sauternes and Barsac

Weather Conditions As with the rest of Bordeaux, the drought was the outstanding feature of the summer. 2005 was the second driest year since 1897 and between June and October,…

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2005 vintage guide for Spain Rioja

Weather Conditions Negligible rainfall and the absence of frost ended the previous growth cycle and continued through the dormant period coupled with moderate snow. Budburst was good and occurred 7-10…

Champagne 2005

2005 vintage guide for Vintage Champagne

Weather Conditions Following a cold dry winter, bud break began in April. Moderate temperatures and rainfall from April to June supported good growth with flowering in mid-June. Fruit set quickly…