Vintage guides

Region: Red South America

Year Rating Drinkability Style More
1991 starstarstarstarstar drink now more...
1992 starstarstarstarstar drink now more...
1993 starstarstarstarstar drink now more...
1994 starstarstarstarstar drink now more...
1995 starstarstarstarstar drink soon Very good vintage in Chile for drinking now or soon. Argentina superior, with some excellent wines that have still to reach their peak. more...
1996 starstarstarstarstar keep more...
1997 starstarstarstarstar keep Rich, fruity wines with good ageing potential. Chile just has the edge over Argentina in terms of quality, though the wines may well be ready to drink sooner. more...
1998 starstarstarstarstar drink now A difficult and wet vintage, especially in Argentina. Largely mediocre and often weak wines. more...
1999 starstarstarstarstar keep Ripe, dense, flavourful wines with firm tannins and good structure - especially from Chile. Just has the edge on the 1997 vintage. more...
2000 starstarstarstarstar keep A challenging vintage with variable results, though there are some stars among them more...
2001 starstarstarstarstar keep An early and smaller than average sized vintage producing reds of impressive concentration. more...
2002 starstarstarstarstar drink soon Drink soon more...
2003 starstarstarstarstar drink soon Chilean wines are superb with balance and elegance; those from Argentina show intense colour, powerful fruity aromas, complexity and smooth, round tannins more...
2004 starstarstarstarstar drink soon Classic wines of powerful fruit intensity and good structure from Chile as well as Argentina more...
2005 starstarstarstarstar drink soon Chilean wines show very good colour, body, and a particular lively fruitness more...
2006 starstarstarstarstar drink soon Outstanding harvest for Argentina, producing really fresh, mouth-filling and perfectly ripe wines. More challenging for Chile, though wines are fresh, rich and well-balanced, if a little less intensely flavoured than 2005. more...
2007 starstarstarstarstar keep Chile has the edge with well flavoured, vibrant wines, fresh and elegant yet rich too, with good ageing potential. Good to very good fresh, well-flavoured, lower alochol reds from Argentina. more...
2008 starstarstarstarstar drink soon Long, dry season produced very good if not classic wines in Chile: ripe and elegant (nudging 4 stars). Cooler and more challenging vintage in Argentina: success relied heavily on the skill of growers. more...