Vintage Charts / Germany / Riesling
Vintage Score Drink Rec
  • 2014 91 Drink or hold Mostly cool and wet growing conditions led to a warm September and a short harvest, producing an average-size crop of racy and herbal-inflected whites
  • 2013 89 Drink or hold Erratic weather, including some rain at harvest, resulted in a small crop; top producers relied on careful selection in the vineyard to make rich and minerally wines
  • 2012 94 Drink or hold Vintners overcame a challenging vintage to deliver open-knit, fruity Rieslings supported by ripe acidity
  • 2011 95 Drink or hold Ideal harvest conditions delivered fruit-forward, open-knit and balanced wines with opulent flavors and textures
  • 2010 93 Drink or hold Cool growing season led to wines full of acidity and dense flavors. Exceptionally low yields. Look to top producers
  • 2009 97 Drink or hold Warm, dry weather at harvest; exceptionally balanced wines, with plenty of pure fruit, minerality and creaminess
  • 2008 92 Drink or hold Crisp, vibrant Rieslings marked by juicy acidity and pure orchard, citrus and savory flavors; light-weights
  • 2007 95 Drink or hold Classically proportioned, with ripe, complex fruit and mineral flavors; density with elegance
  • 2006 92 Drink or hold Opulent, charming but fleshy kabinett and sp├Ątlese; terrific auslese, BA and TBA, with clean botrytis; best in Mosel; fine dry wines
  • 2005 98 Drink or hold Lush, ripe Rieslings at all quality levels; acidity, though low in some, balances richness in most
  • 2004 91 Drink or hold Vibrant, sleek wines from kabinett to auslese, but little botrytis and few late-harvest wines; fine Mosel and Nahe examples
  • 2003 94 Drink or hold Ripe, opulent wines; best in Mosel, Nahe and Rheingau. Terrific BA and TBA, though not much botrytis
  • 2002 93 Drink or hold The best are charming, juicy wines, from kabinett to auslese. Pfalz and Rheingau excelled
  • 2001 98 Drink or hold Best vintage since 1971. Ripe, healthy grapes made pure, harmonious wines at all quality levels; best in middle Mosel
  • 2000 82 Drink Plagued by rain and rot, with outstanding results from a handful of growers. Variable quality; choose carefully
  • 1999 90 Drink or hold Rich and round, with ripe but lower acidity resulting in forward, appealing wines
  • 1998 89 Drink or hold Ripe, sleek, crisp; fine dry wines, especially in the Pfalz, and exciting ice wines
  • 1997 88 Drink or hold Pure, clear wines with lower acidity and little botrytis; best in Mosel-Saar-Ruwer
  • 1996 89 Drink or hold Extremely late harvest; stunning in Rheingau. Perfumed, ripe, high in acidity; ageworthy, though stick to top producers
  • 1995 88 Drink Top estates made the best wines; aromatic and fruity, with harmonious acidity
  • 1994 86 Drink Solid quality, high acidity, medium extract; focus on top estates
  • 1993 89 Drink Great surprise; plenty of fruit, acidity and character; stick to top estates
  • 1992 88 Drink Uneven quality; some late-harvest, botrytized classics, but many soft, diluted wines
  • 1991 85 Drink Crisp, racy acidity, but uneven quality
  • 1990 97 Drink or hold Powerful, great acidity and extract, harmonious
  • 1989 92 Drink Outstanding for late-harvest, botrytized wines; others tough and unexceptional
  • 1988 93 Drink Balanced, firm; best in middle Mosel
  • 1987 83 Past peak Light, high acidity; good
  • 1986 86 Drink Aromatic, elegant; best in Pfalz
  • 1985 87 Past peak Racy, well-structured; some problems in Rheingau, Pfalz
  • 1984 74 Past peak Unripe, aggressive acidity
  • 1983 93 Past peak Very fruity, ripe, round; little botrytis
  • 1982 78 Past peak Diluted, soft
  • 1981 81 Past peak Lean, light
  • 1980 65 Past peak Very green, unripe, thin
  • 1979 88 Past peak Small crop; well-structured
  • 1978 68 Past peak Green, thin
  • 1977 78 Past peak Light, crisp
  • 1976 96 Drink Ripe, powerful; plenty of botrytis
  • 1975 93 Drink Great balance, firm structure
  • 1974 66 Past peak Mean, no harmony, little fruit
  • 1973 84 Past peak Ripe acidity, good fruit
  • 1972 69 Past peak High acidity, lean
  • 1971 97 Drink Powerful, elegant, superb structure