Vintage guides

Region: Spain Rioja

Year Rating Drinkability Style More
1971 starstarstarstarstar drink now A poor vintage throughout Spain more...
1972 starstarstarstarstar drink now Another poor vintage with no wines of note more...
1973 starstarstarstarstar drink now A good year with a number of characterful wines more...
1974 starstarstarstarstar drink now An average year without any notable highs or lows more...
1975 starstarstarstarstar drink soon A moderate yield of generally fine wines more...
1976 starstarstarstarstar drink now A good rather than outstanding vintage more...
1977 starstarstarstarstar drink now A highly indifferent vintage with few if any wines to recommend more...
1978 starstarstarstarstar drink soon A relatively small vintage of very good quality more...
1979 starstarstarstarstar drink now A large vintage of indifferent quality more...
1980 starstarstarstarstar drink soon An average to good vintage of fast-maturing wines more...
1981 starstarstarstarstar drink soon An excellent vintage producing intense, deeply coloured wines more...
1982 starstarstarstarstar drink soon An outstandingly good vintage although the wines did not achieve the longevity of the 81s more...
1983 starstarstarstarstar drink soon A mixed vintage with a number of rather light and dilute wines more...
1984 starstarstarstarstar drink now An average vintage of little interest more...
1985 starstarstarstarstar drink soon A fair vintage producing easy-drinking wines of medium intensity more...
1986 starstarstarstarstar drink soon Some good but rather lean wines more...
1987 starstarstarstarstar drink soon A highly respected vintage of very good quality more...
1988 starstarstarstarstar drink soon A somewhat indifferent vintage with a number of rather thin wines more...
1989 starstarstarstarstar drink soon An above average vintage with a number of good wines more...
1990 starstarstarstarstar drink soon A good vintage but some wines were rather light more...
1991 starstarstarstarstar keep A very good vintage producing wines of impressive intensity more...
1992 starstarstarstarstar drink soon A fair to good vintage with easily accessible, fast-maturing wines more...
1993 starstarstarstarstar keep A good but unexciting vintage which produced wines for immediate drinking more...
1994 starstarstarstarstar keep Splendid year with intense, slow maturing wines of great colour and depth of flavour more...
1995 starstarstarstarstar keep A big vintage of classic wines more...
1996 starstarstarstarstar drink soon A very good vintage though less fine than the preceding two more...
1997 starstarstarstarstar drink soon A sound but unexceptional year more...
1998 starstarstarstarstar drink now A largely successful year with plenty of above average wines more...
1999 starstarstarstarstar keep Yields were down but generally quality is good more...
2000 starstarstarstarstar drink soon Officially a three-star vintage. Some made better wine than others more...
2001 starstarstarstarstar drink soon Classic Rioja wines: robust and round with balancing acidity more...
2002 starstarstarstarstar drink now Fairly broad early drinking wines more...
2003 starstarstarstarstar drink now Mixed bag, though better producers created powerful, intense and balanced wines more...
2004 starstarstarstarstar drink soon Wines with high alcohol and concentrated colour and aromas ideal for ageing more...
2005 starstarstarstarstar keep The grapes arrived in excellent health with analytical parameters which correspond to an extraordinary vintage. more...
2006 starstarstarstarstar drink soon Good to very good vintage, with a moderate harvest securing good quality fruit and fresh, supple and crisp wines. Look out for some big, long-lived Crianzas. more...
2007 starstarstarstarstar keep Low yielding vintage saved by technical expertise and a long, dry, sunny harvest. Most consistent quality from Rioja Baja, with crisp, well-balanced, elegant wines. more...
2008 starstarstarstarstar keep Ripe, balanced, medium-boded red wines, with bright acidity. Whites are racy with good fruit and floral flavours. more...
2009 starstarstarstarstar keep Quality is generally high, but high yields meant some green harvesting. A 'useful' vintage, probably for drinking relatively early. more...