Vintage Charts / Argentina / Mendoza
Vintage Score Drink Rec
  • 2015 84 Drink Wetter than 2014, with botrytis rot in some vineyards, hitting Cabernet Sauvignon the hardest; better for white wines
  • 2014 87 Drink or hold Late-season rains proved challenging for vintners; diligent work in the vineyards resulted in some high quality releases; Salta succeeded
  • 2013 90 Drink or hold Cool weather produced fresh wines, with balanced acidity and tannins; lower alcohol levels
  • 2012 87 Drink or hold What began as a hot vintage finished with unusually heavy rains in February and cool and cloudy conditions in March, delaying harvest up to two weeks
  • 2011 91 Drink or hold Challenging vintage, with frost, high winds, hail, drought, cold and rain; yet naturally low yields and warm Indian summer yielded ripe fruit balanced with fresh acidity
  • 2010 89 Drink or hold Cool and cloudy; spring frost reduced yields in some areas, but a late harvest allowed the remaining grapes to evenly mature, with slightly lower alcohol levels
  • 2009 88 Drink or hold Growing season marked by La Niña; warm and very dry, with a heat spike during veraison, though Malbec tolerated it well. Whites less consistent; yields low
  • 2008 86 Drink or hold Cool, wet weather in first half of season; late April frost hit crop hard in parts of Mendoza. Some successes, but reds picked after frost can be off-kilter; choose carefully
  • 2007 88 Drink or hold Up-and-down season, with hail, cold and rain; wines have lower alcohols and softer tannins. Late-ripening spots in Mendoza (La Consulta, Altamira) strongest
  • 2006 91 Drink Cool but dry season, with harvest stretching into April and May. Consistent for all major varieties; top Malbecs show excellent purity, balance and poise
  • 2005 90 Drink Cool temperatures early in the season led to reduced yields, but warm, dry March and April helped ripen grapes; late-ripening Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon excelled
  • 2004 90 Drink Warm, dry season with Malbec the star; some heavy rains late in the season led to variable Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 2003 91 Drink February heat wave during a long, dry season led to some inconsistencies, but Malbec excellent
  • 2002 94 Drink Stellar growing season with optimal harvest conditions yielded racy, ripe fruit. Best vintage in a generation, with all varieties performing well
  • 2001 87 Drink Cool growing season, with the harvest dampened by some rain. Cabernet Sauvignon generally better than Malbec
  • 2000 86 Past peak Cool and wet, but a long growing season allowed for a late-ripening harvest. Malbec generally better than Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 1999 90 Past peak Dry, sunny growing season; small crop of ripe, concentrated reds with rich tannins
  • 1998 75 Past peak Harvest decimated by El Niño rains; many producers didn't release wines
  • 1997 88 Past peak Drought year produced concentrated, burly reds