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Flashcards in Northern California Vintages Deck (33):
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2013

Fine vintage
Optimal crop

2

2012

Banner year
Quality and quantity

3

2011

Miserable harvest conditions
Mildew/botrytis in Napa/Sonoma
Low volumesOctober rainstorms

4

2010

Cool start
August heatreduced yields
Higher acid, lower alcohol

5

2009

Good initial impressions
Overall very good
Rainy end to harvest

6

2008

Sonoma's earliest harvest
Early overall

7

2007

Early harvest
Cool September allowed for some catch up
Elegant and balanced

8

2006

Unusually cool and wet
November harvestsome rotten fruit

9

2005

Cool and damp
Some restraint and acidity

10

2004

Cool spring
Hot Summer
Wines are variable

11

2003

Quick ripening after heat spikes following rain
Reduced crop

12

2002

Cool, dry summer
Difficult vintage

13

2001

Even ripening
Some Cab vines shut down in August

14

2000

Long vintage
Cool, wet summer
Pinot and Chardonnay were the highlights

15

1999

Dry, late, cool summer
September heatwave
Some lush Cabernets

16

1998

Late harvest
Not a ton of "stuffing"
Perhaps ageworthy

17

1997

Early, generous harvestwidely admired
drink now!

18

1996

Small crop
lightweight

19

1995

warm, dry autumn
late harvest saved the day
Small quantities

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According to Wine Advocate, 2013 was best for what?

Cabernet Sauvignon

21

According to Wine Advocate, 2012 was best for what?

Cabernet Sauvignon

22

According to Wine Advocate, 2011 was best for what?

Chardonnay

23

According to Wine Advocate, 2010 was best for what?

Cabernet Sauvignon

24

According to Wine Advocate, 2009 was best for what?

Cabernet Sauvignon

25

According to Wine Advocate, 2008 was best for what?

Cabernet Sauvignon

26

According to Wine Advocate, 2007 was best for what?

Cabernet Sauvignon

27

According to Wine Advocate, 2006 was best for what?

Cabernet Sauvignon

28

According to Wine Advocate, 2005 was best for what?

Cabernet Sauvignon

29

According to Wine Advocate, 2004 was best for what?

Chardonnay

30

According to Wine Advocate, what are the best North Coast Cabernet vintages of the last 20 years?

2013, 2012, 2007, 2001

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According to Wine Advocate, what are the best North Coast Chardonnay vintages of the last 20 years?

2013, 2012, 2005

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According to Wine Advocate, what are the best North Coast Pinot Noir vintages of the last 20 years?

2013, 2012, 2002, 2001

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According to Wine Advocate, what are the best North Coast Zinfandel vintages of the last 20 years?

2003, 2013, 2012