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Vintage Guides

Region Rating Drinkability Style
California Cabernet Sauvignon starstarstarstarstar keep Really structured, classy wines with backbone and balance
California Merlot starstarstarstarstar keep A quite attractive and charming which seems to have some staying power.
Germany starstarstarstarstar keep the 2005 vintage is already acclaimed as being exceptionally good
Italy Piedmont starstarstarstarstar keep Climate conditions have been erratic with many producers saying it's been a tough and difficult vintage
Italy Tuscany starstarstarstarstar keep Tough weather conditions often mean that the best producers will have the best results
Medoc and Graves starstarstarstarstar keep All indicators point to an exceptional vintage.
Oregon Pinot Noir starstarstarstarstar keep Producers in the Willamette Valley say this vintage will be a return to finesse and elegance
Red Australia starstarstarstarstar keep Fruit-forward wines with excellent structure
Red Burgundy starstarstarstarstar keep Sumptuous and generous styles of wine that will make fantastic drinking in the coming years. Ripe yet stll fresh.
Red Rhone starstarstarstarstar keep Classic vintage, with even lesser sites producing stylish, harmonious wines. Best wines have superb fruit and great structure. Huge ageing potential.
Red South Africa starstarstarstarstar keep Many reports point to the see-saw weather conditions, especially in the weeks running up to the harvest
Red South America starstarstarstarstar drink soon Chilean wines show very good colour, body, and a particular lively fruitness
Saint-Emilion and Pomerol starstarstarstarstar keep A very good year, but by initial accounts, not as impressive as the Left Bank.
Sauternes and Barsac starstarstarstarstar keep Everything came together beautifully in 2005, and in terms of power and elegance, the vintage may well become one of Sauternes’ most classic.
Spain Rioja starstarstarstarstar keep The grapes arrived in excellent health with analytical parameters which correspond to an extraordinary vintage.
Vintage Champagne starstarstarstarstar keep As we write, we believe the 2005 harvest will provide the opportunity of making some superlative blends… and probably vintage champagne
Vintage Port starstarstarstarstar keep The harvesting weather could not have been better. All indicators point to a great vintage
Washington State Cabernet Sauvignon starstarstarstarstar keep Winemakers report small grape clusters with intense color, balance and ripe flavors.
Washington State Merlot starstarstarstarstar drink now Winemakers statewide reported small grape clusters with intense color, balance and ripe flavors.
White Burgundy starstarstarstarstar keep Forward wines with plenty of fruit and expression, but possibly lacking the acidity required for super long ageing