701.5 New World Vintage Charts


California Wines

Want to know if that chardonnay from California or Chile is just good or simply outstanding? Check out this chart.

California Outstanding Very Good
Cabernet Sauvignon 1984-1987, 1990-1992, 1994, 1999 1981-1982, 1989, 1993, 1995-1998
Chardonnay 1985-1986, 1990-1992, 1994-1995, 1999 1984, 1988, 1993, 1996-1998
Pinot Noir 1994-1999, 1990-1991 1985-1988, 1992
Zinfandel 1990-1999 1984-1987
Merlot 1991-1995, 1999 1996-1998
South Africa
Red 1988, 1997, 1995, 1992 1982, 1985-1987, 1989, 1994, 1999
White 1997 1998-1999, 1992-1995
New Zealand
Red 1996-1998, 1994 1992, 1993, 1995, 1999
White 1993-1997 1998-1999
Chile 1996, 1997 1992-1995, 1998
Australia 1980, 1982, 1985-1987, 1990-1991, 1995-1996, 1998 All other vintages since 1980 but avoid 1981, 1989 and 1993