Vintage guides

Region: Washington State Cabernet Sauvignon

Year Rating Drinkability Style More
1986 starstarstarstarstar drink now A disappointing vintage. Many wines were thin and light. more...
1987 starstarstarstarstar drink now A variable but generally good vintage more...
1988 starstarstarstarstar drink now A good vintage producing deeply-coloured wines with plenty of fruit more...
1989 starstarstarstarstar drink soon A first-class vintage with ripe, well-balanced wines more...
1990 starstarstarstarstar drink soon A year which produced supple and delicious wines with good varietal character more...
1991 starstarstarstarstar drink soon An early frost ultimately reduced the crop by about 50% more...
1992 starstarstarstarstar drink now The hot summer produced a number of fine wines with modest tannins more...
1993 starstarstarstarstar drink now Elegant and flavoursome wines more...
1994 starstarstarstarstar drink soon A vintage which produced bold, concentrated, full-bodied wines more...
1995 starstarstarstarstar drink soon A mixed vintage but with much good Cabernet more...
1996 starstarstarstarstar drink now Severe frosts reduced yields dramatically more...
1997 starstarstarstarstar drink soon The Cabernet crop was significantly larger than normal but quality was good more...
1998 starstarstarstarstar drink soon The growing season was one of the warmest on record, producing rich, ripe wines more...
1999 starstarstarstarstar keep Though most wines from this vintage have yet to appear, early reports suggest it is one of the finest of the 1990s more...
2000 starstarstarstarstar keep Coolest weather for 20 years produced small clusters and berries: strong flavors and strong tannins more...
2001 starstarstarstarstar drink soon Softer tannins with lush fruit making them quite approachable more...
2002 starstarstarstarstar keep Elegant and complex wines more...
2003 starstarstarstarstar drink soon Ripe yet well structured wines. more...
2004 starstarstarstarstar keep Full-bodied wines with rich, ripe flavours. more...
2005 starstarstarstarstar keep Winemakers report small grape clusters with intense color, balance and ripe flavors. more...
2006 starstarstarstarstar keep Warmer-region Cabernets are deeply flavoured, well-structured, with good acidity and tannins; wines from cooler regions, which struggled to achieve full ripeness, are leaner and can have an herbaceous edge. more...
2007 starstarstarstarstar keep One of the best ripening periods on record, with Cabernet Sauvignon proving the top performer. The wines show great balance, with lower alcohol, well-knit tannins, fine ripeness and superb ageing potential. more...
2008 starstarstarstarstar keep A short growing season and long, slow ripening has produced medium-bodied wines that are fresh, elegant and have good definition. more...