Flashcards in Spain Vintage Deck (28):
Exceptional. "Best since 1970."
Good in Rioja; better in Ribera del Duero.
Spain: 1989 & 1990
Two large crops; rich and charming.
Another excellent year; small crop but weighty and structured.
Spain: 1992 & 1993
Promising start ruined by prolonged rains and severe rot. Good but not great.
Lower quantity due to spring frost and summer drought, but very high quality.
Ribera del Duero had a similarly small crop to 1994, but riper and better balanced.
Rioja had incredibly big, high quality yields.
Good in Rioja; great in Ribera del Duero.
"Rain at harvest. Not glorious."
High quantity in both regions; Ribera struggled with ripeness over so much yield.
Some difficulty due to rains; Ribera del Duero is better than Rioja, but neither region is as good as 1998.
Huge crop levels, extremely variable quality, some wines lacking in concentration. Some excellent examples in Ribera del Duero.
Small crop of excellent quality.
Very cold, very wet, generally disastrous for both quantity and quality.
Small, drought-plagued, early harvest. Many unbalanced wines.
Excellent, especially in Rioja.
Another excellent vintage, hot but well balanced.
Spring hail in Rioja; hot summer, drought stress. Not up to the same quality as 2004 or 2005.
Difficult year; Ribera del Duero crop decimated by hail in September. Late picked wines do better, but overall not a great year.
Excellent quality in Rioja.
Cooler season than normal in Ribera, yielding balanced, elegant wines.
Very hot - average conditions over 2003. Timely rain key in saving the crop. Ultimately, the quality is very good.
Exceptional across the board; Ribera edges slightly above Rioja.
Heat-stressed vintage - lower acidity, but powerful, concentrated wines.
Fifth consecutive small vintage (due to drought). Unusually high tannin wines in Rioja. Quality good in both regions.
Higher yields than 2012.
Cool and wet in Rioja; uneven ripening and delayed harvest, but producers are optimistic.
Excellent prognosis in Ribera del Duero.
"Improved in quality and quantity from 2013" in Rioja; however, final harvest affected by grey rot. We will see.
Hot and dry - high alcohol and high concentration, with softer tannins in Ribera del Duero.