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Flashcards in Spain Vintage Deck (28):
1

Spain: 1982

Exceptional. "Best since 1970."

2

Spain: 1986

Good in Rioja; better in Ribera del Duero.

3

Spain: 1989 & 1990

Two large crops; rich and charming.

4

Spain: 1991

Another excellent year; small crop but weighty and structured.

5

Spain: 1992 & 1993

Promising start ruined by prolonged rains and severe rot. Good but not great.

6

Spain: 1994

Lower quantity due to spring frost and summer drought, but very high quality.

7

Spain: 1995

Ribera del Duero had a similarly small crop to 1994, but riper and better balanced.
Rioja had incredibly big, high quality yields.

8

Spain: 1996

Good in Rioja; great in Ribera del Duero.

9

Spain: 1997

"Rain at harvest. Not glorious."

10

Spain: 1998

High quantity in both regions; Ribera struggled with ripeness over so much yield.

11

Spain: 1999

Some difficulty due to rains; Ribera del Duero is better than Rioja, but neither region is as good as 1998.

12

Spain: 2000

Huge crop levels, extremely variable quality, some wines lacking in concentration. Some excellent examples in Ribera del Duero.

13

Spain: 2001

Small crop of excellent quality.

14

Spain: 2002

Very cold, very wet, generally disastrous for both quantity and quality.

15

Spain: 2003

Small, drought-plagued, early harvest. Many unbalanced wines.

16

Spain: 2004

Excellent, especially in Rioja.

17

Spain: 2005

Another excellent vintage, hot but well balanced.

18

Spain: 2006

Spring hail in Rioja; hot summer, drought stress. Not up to the same quality as 2004 or 2005.

19

Spain: 2007

Difficult year; Ribera del Duero crop decimated by hail in September. Late picked wines do better, but overall not a great year.

20

Spain: 2008

Excellent quality in Rioja.
Cooler season than normal in Ribera, yielding balanced, elegant wines.

21

Spain: 2009

Very hot - average conditions over 2003. Timely rain key in saving the crop. Ultimately, the quality is very good.

22

Spain: 2010

Exceptional across the board; Ribera edges slightly above Rioja.

23

Spain: 2011

Heat-stressed vintage - lower acidity, but powerful, concentrated wines.

24

Spain: 2012

Fifth consecutive small vintage (due to drought). Unusually high tannin wines in Rioja. Quality good in both regions.

25

Spain: 2013

Higher yields than 2012.
Cool and wet in Rioja; uneven ripening and delayed harvest, but producers are optimistic.
Excellent prognosis in Ribera del Duero.

26

Spain: 2014

"Improved in quality and quantity from 2013" in Rioja; however, final harvest affected by grey rot. We will see.

27

Spain: 2015

Hot and dry - high alcohol and high concentration, with softer tannins in Ribera del Duero.

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Poor vintages in Rioja & Ribera del Duero

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