California has a fairly consistent climate as compared to Europe. For the most part, there are no disatrous vintages in California. However, each year is different. These differences can be small or great. Some years are characterized by dramatic deviations from the norm in the form of heat waves, droughts, cool spells, frosts and, occasionally heavy rains. Even the small variations have an impact on how the grapes develop on the vines.
For these reasons, redwinebuzz.com indexes reviewd wines according to vintage. Just as there are commonalities to wines from a particular region and vineyard, there are shared traits to wines from each vintage.
Indexing reviewed wines according to vintage not only showcases the vintage variation but also affords the reader another parameter by which to search wine reviews.
Starting with the 2009 vintage, the redwinebuzz.com Vintage Summaries are compiled from reports provided by Regional Vintage Correspondents. This represents the most accurate assessment of the evolution of each vintage in the vineyard available anywhere.