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Argentina

2016
A rain- and hail-affected vintage made for unusually challenging
conditions. It was also one of the coolest vintages on record,
according to Bodega Catena Zapata, which had the advantage of
restricting the spread of rot and resulted in atypically modest
alcohol levels. Overall, though, yields are lower and quality is by
no means reliable. Gualtallary is thought to be one of the regions
that escaped the worst impact of the excess precipitation.

2015
A tricky year for the main region, Mendoza, with warmth and
humidity bringing rot, and hail affecting some areas too. The
best producers had to be meticulous in their selection, and lesser
wines are likely to suffer from the poor conditions.

2014
Frost, and January rain made for whites with lighter than usual
concentration in 2014, but fine aromatic detail. Reds are
similarly fresh and elegant, but are not expected to be hugely
long-lasting.

2013
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prolonging the ripening period for red varieties. Very promising


quality across all regions.

2012
Similar to 2011, but with lower yields leading to higher colour,
fruit intensity and notable tannin that will require many years of
bottle age to resolve.

2011
A generally cool, damp year in Argentina. Frost and hail caused
some damage too, so careful selection was required to produce
the best wines. On the plus side, the coolness made for particular
aromatic intensity in white wines.

2010
Reds have slightly lower than average alcohol, thanks to a cool
ripening season. Fruit was harvested in good health, but quality
was not as good as the exceptional 2009s.

2009
For some, one of the best vintages of the decade in Mendoza.
Winter was mild, spring was dry and summer was warm, with
diurnal variation of over 15 C (27 F). Weather throughout
harvest was very dry too, giving fruit in great condition.

2008
A very cold winter, a warm spring and a wetter than average
autumn. Generally underpowered as a vintage, although reds
were marginally better than whites.
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2007
Good for white, but difficult for reds in Mendoza, with excessive
heat leading to below optimal freshness in the wines. Salta did
better, with Torronts faring especially well. For a very detailed
report, see our full report on 2007 in Argentina.

2006
A very good vintage, making reds with freshness and plenty of
body and fruit power. Excellent quality.

2005
Cool weather meaning a lighter, more aromatic style of wine.
The long, dry autumn allowed for extended ripening, which
allowed for good natural balance.

2004
Great concentration in reds, but late rains undermined the
Cabernet Sauvignons.

2003
Dry and warm, producing healthy fruit that made for typically
fruity, deeply coloured reds.

2002
Hotter than average, giving ripe, round tannin with full flavour
ripeness.

2001
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Unremarkable wines, with rain leading to dilution in many
examples.

2000
A cool vintage, leaving the wines with high acid and fresh fruit.

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