Vintage Charts / Chile / Reds
Vintage Score Drink Rec
  • 2014 89 Drink or hold Spring frost cut crop; good quality fruit harvested; crisp reds, savory whites
  • 2013 90 Drink or hold Cool vintage, delivering fresh, well-structured wines with good balance in terms of concentration and flavor
  • 2012 91 Drink or hold Warm summer weather resulted in an early harvest, with clean, disease-free fruit and yields 15 percent above average; late-ripening Carmenère performed well
  • 2011 90 Drink or hold Markedly cool and cloudy, with low yields leading to a harvest of clean fruit; early releases show fresh, elegant profiles
  • 2010 89 Drink or hold A cool spring led to lower yields and delayed ripening for Cabernet Sauvignon and Carmenère, while early-ripening varieties in coastal areas excelled, with lots of bright acidity and elegant fruit flavors
  • 2009 88 Drink or hold Warm, very dry growing season, though yields were slightly higher than previous years; inland valleys more variable than cooler coastal spots. Whites are ripe and forward; tannin management key for reds
  • 2008 89 Drink Long, very dry growing season resulted in reduced yields but greater concentration. Similar in style to 2003; achieving balance with sometimes rugged structures was key
  • 2007 92 Drink Cooler temperatures through the growing season resulted in a late harvest and reduced yields. Reds show supple textures and excellent length
  • 2006 91 Drink Very consistent through all valleys. Late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon and Carmenère excellent; less concentrated and structured than 2005
  • 2005 93 Drink Long, moderate growing season consistent through all valleys. Reds show lots of ripe, soft tannins; Cabernet Sauvignon excelled
  • 2004 88 Drink Cool start to growing season with warm finish, then harvest split by rains: Carmenère suffered while later-ripening Cabernet strong; whites harvested in excellent shape
  • 2003 91 Drink Cool start followed by a long season of warm days and cool nights; wines show power and structure from all major valleys
  • 2002 88 Drink Split vintage: North (Aconcagua, Casablanca and Maipo) produced excellent wines, while harvesttime rains in the South (Curicó and Maule) caused problems; Rapel caught in the middle
  • 2001 92 Drink Dry, hot summer and low yields produced many solid wines; Aconcagua, Maipo and Rapel excelled
  • 2000 87 Drink Cool growing season, with a large crop. Best wines have balance and forward fruit, but controlling yields was key
  • 1999 91 Past peak Drought conditions produced small crop of ripe, concentrated reds with big tannins. Cabernet Sauvignon from Maipo and Rapel is superb
  • 1998 78 Past peak Harvest hit hard by El Niño rains; few successes
  • 1997 88 Drink A drought year that provided dense, brawny reds; concentrated, but lacks polish of '99