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1996 Latour, Pauillac Top Pick!
1996 Latour, Pauillac

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Deep garnet-black in color, the 1996 is classic Latour at its utmost. The nose offers a tantalizing array of complex notes including dried Chinese plums, toasted nuts, Indian spices and black olive tapenade over a core of dried cherries and aged meat. The palate is pure power that is stunningly balanced giving a generous level of fruit concentration perfectly offset by a high level of very finely grained tannins and seamless freshness. Possessing a finish that just goes on and on, this is as good as it gets. (LPB)" (11/2012) 96 points Wine Spectator: "Fabulous aromas of crushed rasp ...Read More » 


Inventory: San Francisco


1996 Domaine de Chevalier Rouge, Pessac-Léognan

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Tasted at the château, the 1996 Domaine de Chevalier certainly surpassed my expectations even though I would caution that I think Olivier Bernard has made better vintages since then. Deep in color, the nose is quite captivating with black fruit, brine and crushed stone. I like the strictness here -- very 1996 in style. The palate is medium-bodied with quite a svelte texture. The bead of acidity lends this tension although I found that finish surprisingly backward and just lacked that peacock's tail that would have warranted a higher score. Of course, the ...Read More » 


Inventory: Hollywood Main Warehouse Redwood City San Francisco

Price: $99.99 Add To Cart
RP 90

1996 Pichon-Baron, Pauillac
Bid on this 2-bottle lot of 1996 Pichon-Baron, Pauillac (91RP, 90ST, 90WS). Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Pichon Longueville Baron's 1996 has turned out to be even better than I thought from cask. The high percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend (about 80%) resulted in a wine that has put on weight in the bottle. An opaque purple color is accompanied by beautiful aromas of tobacco, new saddle leather, roasted coffee, and cassis. It is dense, medium to full-bodied, and backward, with moderately high tannin, but plenty of sweet fruit, glycerin, and extract to balance out the wine's structure. This well-endowed, classic Pauillac should be at its finest between 2006-2022. (RP)" (04/1999) 

This lot contains the following items:
1996 Pichon-Baron, Pauillac (qty: 2)


End Date: Mar 29 2017 6:00PM PT

Current Bid: $200.00
Place Bid
RP 94 ST 90 WS 90

1996 Clos du Marquis, St-Julien

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 1996 Clos du Marquis is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon (lower than recent vintages), 33% Merlot and 7% Petit Verdot (that usually goes into Leoville-Las Cases). Much like the 1996 Potensac that I tasted alongside at the château, the nose is youthful and backward with blackberry, freshly tilled soil, cedar and tobacco scents that gain intensity with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with a smooth entry, plenty of crisp and pure black fruit laced with cedar, harmonious and long. This is a great Saint Julien at 20 years of age, firing on all cyli ...Read More » 


Inventory: Hollywood Main Warehouse Redwood City San Francisco

Price: $79.99 Add To Cart
RP 91 WS 91

1996 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac

92 points Wine Spectator: "This is much more open than the 1995. Offers aromas and flavors of currant, mint and spices. Full-bodied, soft and velvety, with a fruit finish. Starting to drink well now. (JS, Web—2007)" 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 1996 Lynch Bages has a delightful fresh, minty bouquet that does not quite deliver the complexity of recent vintages, nicely perfumed with hints of wilted rose petal developing with time. The palate is well balanced with a fine line of acidity, fresh from the start with blackcurrant pastilles, a touch of tobacco with a tightly coiled, minerally, slightly sharp finish ...Read More » 


Inventory: Hollywood Main Warehouse Redwood City San Francisco


1996 Rauzan-Ségla, Margaux

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Deep garnet-brick in color, the 1996 Chateau Rauzan-Segla is scented of dried flowers and creme de cassis with hints of game, black olives and pencil lead. Medium bodied and still quite tight in the mouth, it has a great concentration of layered savory and warm cassis flavors with lively acid and a medium level of grainy tannins, finishing long. (LPB)" (7/2012) 91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Full red-ruby. Explosive aromas of boysenberry juice, espresso and smoky oak. Thick and lush, with terrific volume in the mouth; harmonious acidity gives the flavors clarity and brightness. Very lon ...Read More » 


Inventory: Hollywood Main Warehouse Redwood City San Francisco


1996 Vieux Château Certan, Pomerol

93 points Wine Spectator: "Decadent and rich, with wild mushrooms, plum and hints of citrus fruit. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a long, long finish. Complex, with toasted oak, coffee and ripe fruit. It goes on and on. Wonderful. Big surprise. Get it. One of the best Right Bank wines in 1996. (Web-2007)" 90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good medium-dark red. Vinous aromas of redcurrant, tobacco and smoky, nutty oak. Silky but penetrating in the mouth; an elegantly styled wine with good extract and a light gamey nuance. Finishes with firm but fine tannins and very good persistence. This and the '95 will make ...Read More » 


Inventory: Main Warehouse Redwood City

Price: $149.99 Add To Cart
WS 93 ST 90

1996 Sociando Mallet, Haut-Médoc

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A classic Sociando-Mallet, this wine boasts a saturated purple color, as well as an intense nose of cassis liqueur, chocolate, and minerals. Dense and medium-bodied, with outstanding purity, and high tannin, this beautifully made wine is better than many classified growths. (RP)" (4/1999) 90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Dark purple-ruby. Roasted nose combines blackberry, espresso and licorice. Large-scaled, mouthfilling and impressively deep; boasts terrific intensity and sweetness. Very long, ripely tannic finish. The estate has high hopes for its '98, but it hard to believe it will sur ...Read More » 


Inventory: Hollywood Main Warehouse Redwood City San Francisco


1996 Clerc Milon, Pauillac

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "This is among the finest wines I have ever tasted from this estate. Lavishly oaked, with gobs of pain grille and rich fruit, it is massive and concentrated. The color is dense ruby/purple. The bouquet offers notes of roasted coffee, tobacco, and jammy cassis. Although surprisingly soft and opulent on the attack, the mid-section and finish reveal the wine's full body, high flavor extraction, and moderate tannin. This complete, large-scaled Clerc-Milon will be at its finest between 2005-2018. (RP)" (4/1999) 90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep ruby. Pungent spices, black fruits, minerals, ...Read More » 


Inventory: Main Warehouse

Price: $109.99 Add To Cart
RP 90 ST 90

1996 Certan de May, Pomerol

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Moderately saturated medium red. Somewhat riper aromas of black raspberry, black cherry, smoke, tar, tobacco and pepper, plus a hint of green coffee beans. More intensely flavored and vinous than the '97; in a rather fruity style but a wine of modest sweetness. Finishes with tongue-dusting tannins and more length than the '97, but still betrays a slight greenness. (ST)" (5/1998)  


Inventory: Hollywood Redwood City

Price: $99.99 Add To Cart

1996 Clos du Marquis, St-Julien 12-pack in OWC

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 1996 Clos du Marquis is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon (lower than recent vintages), 33% Merlot and 7% Petit Verdot (that usually goes into Leoville-Las Cases). Much like the 1996 Potensac that I tasted alongside at the château, the nose is youthful and backward with blackberry, freshly tilled soil, cedar and tobacco scents that gain intensity with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with a smooth entry, plenty of crisp and pure black fruit laced with cedar, harmonious and long. This is a great Saint Julien at 20 years of age, firing on all cyli ...Read More » 


Inventory: Main Warehouse

Price: $899.00 Add To Cart
RP 91 WS 91

1996 Cos d'Estournel, St-Estèphe
Bid on this 3-bottle lot of 1996 Cos d'Estournel, St-Estèphe (98DC, 94RP, 94ST). Decanter: "This has to be one of the wines of the vintage. More deft and cedary than the bigger boned 1986 vintage (also tasted), this is light delicate and elegant. Again, ink and spice on the nose, with stunning cedar and blackcurrant fruit with a touch of undergrowth, graphite and cigar box. Beautifully fresh with sublime melting tannins. (JS)" (11/2015) 

This lot contains the following items:
1996 Cos d'Estournel, St-Estèphe (qty: 3)


End Date: Mar 30 2017 5:30PM PT

Current Bid: $360.00
Place Bid
DC 98 RP 94 ST 94

1996 Pichon-Lalande, Pauillac
Bid on this 4-bottle lot of 1996 Pichon-Lalande, Pauillac (97VN, 96RP, 95ST, 92WS). Vinous: "What a treat it is to taste these two Pichon Lalandes straight from the chateau’s cellar. The 1996 Pichon Lalande is stratospheric from the very first taste. The deep, layered bouquet alone is deeply transfixing. Smoke, mocha, dark spices, lavender, crème de cassis, a host of dark-fleshed fruits and a touch of warm, resonant sweetness from the French oak draw me in. All of those sensations follow through to the palate, where the wine is massive, intense and totally enveloping. Time has softened the tannins to the point the 1996 is ready to drink, but there is enough sheer concentration here to support another 20-30 years of exceptional drinking ... (AG)" (02/2016) 

This lot contains the following items:
1996 Pichon-Lalande, Pauillac (qty: 4)


End Date: Mar 29 2017 6:30PM PT


1996 Ducru-Beaucaillou, St-Julien
Bid on this 3-bottle lot of 1996 Ducru-Beaucaillou, St-Julien (96RP, 94ST, 91WS). Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 1996 is long, with a deep mid-palate. It also reveals tannin in the finish. This wine is remarkable. It is muscular, concentrated, and classic. Bottled in late June, 1998, it exhibits a saturated ruby/purple color, as well as a knock-out nose of minerals, licorice, cassis, and an unmistakable lead pencil smell that I often associate with top vintages of Lafite-Rothschild. It is sweet and full-bodied, yet unbelievably rich with no sense of heaviness or flabbiness. The wine possesses high tannin, but it is extremely ripe, and the sweetness of the black currant, spice-tinged Cabernet Sauvignon fruit is pronounced. This profound, backward Ducru-Beaucaillou is a must purchase. (RP)" (04/1999) 

This lot contains the following items:
1996 Ducru-Beaucaillou, St-Julien (qty: 3)


End Date: Mar 29 2017 6:00PM PT


1996 Lagrange, St-Julien Back In Stock!
1996 Lagrange, St-Julien

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright medium ruby. Highly complex aromas of blackberry, violet pastille, eucalyptus, leather and game. Wonderfully sweet but with terrific grip, even a touch of youthful austerity. Very classy, subtle wine with terrific inner-mouth energy. Builds very slowly on the back half, finishing with noble, fine-grained tannins and terrific grip. This makes the 1995 seem almost cooked by comparison. Still needs at least five or six years of cellaring. 'We always had unusual tastes in this wine, like eucalyptus and menthol, due to the cool September nights,' noted ...Read More » 


Inventory: Main Warehouse


1996 Margaux, Margaux

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 1996 Chateau Margaux, a blend of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc, must be a strong contender for wine of the vintage. It offers everything you desire from this First Growth. It is blessed with breathtaking delineation and freshness on the nose, understated at first and then blossoming with mineral-infused black fruit, hints of blueberry, crushed stone and violet. The palate is perfectly balanced with filigree tannin, perfect acidity, a wine where everything seems to be in its right place. Blackberry, crushed ...Read More » 


Inventory: Main Warehouse


1996 Tertre Roteboeuf, St-Emilion

89-91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Very good red-ruby color. Very ripe, slightly jammy aromas of raspberry, chocolate and smoked duck. Sweet and velvety, but sound acids give the fruit an unusually penetrating quality. Quite long and oaky on the finish; chewy tannins coat the palate. (ST)" (5/1998) 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 1996 Le Tertre-Roteboeuf is less sumptuous out of bottle than it was from cask. Nevertheless, this is an outstanding wine produced in the tell-tale style of this well-placed hillside vineyard. The color is a deep ruby, and the nose offers up hedonistic notes of smoky, creme brulee, roasted co ...Read More » 


Inventory: Main Warehouse

Price: $109.99 Add To Cart
ST 89 - 91 RP 90

1996 Reserve du General, Margaux

Wine Spectator: "Delicate berry and floral character shows clearly on the nose and palate, making this young, medium-bodied wine fresh and vibrant. Light to medium tannins." (1/1999)  


Inventory: Main Warehouse

Price: $89.99 Add To Cart

1996 Beau-Séjour Bécot, St-Emilion (1.5L)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The lavishly-oaked, hedonistically-styled 1996 exhibits a dark plum/purple color. The nose offers up sweet jammy fruit (primarily black currants and cherries) intermixed with toasty new oak. Medium-bodied, with excellent, nearly outstanding richness, a nicely-layered mid-palate, and sweet tannin in the long finish, it needs 2-3 years of bottle age, and should last for 15+ years." (4/1999) Wine Spectator: "An extremely well-done '96. Lovely combination of crushed berries and exotic spices. Medium-bodied, with a pretty balance of fruit and tannins." (1/1999)  


Inventory: Main Warehouse

Price: $119.99 Add To Cart

1996 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac 12-pack in OWC

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 1996 exhibits a dark plum/ruby/purple color that is just beginning to lighten at the edge, surprisingly velvety tannins and a classic Pauillac bouquet of lead pencil shavings, cedarwood, black currants, sweet cherries and spice box. This medium to full-bodied, elegant, savory, broad wine is still five years away from full maturity. It should continue to drink well for another 10-15 years. (RP)" (8/2011) 92 points Wine Spectator: "This is much more open than the 1995. Offers aromas and flavors of currant, mint and spices. Full-bodied, soft and velvety, with a fruit finish. Starti ...Read More » 


Inventory: Main Warehouse

Price: $2,799.00 Add To Cart
RP 93 WS 92 ST 91

1996 Sociando Mallet, Haut-Médoc 12-pack in OWC

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A classic Sociando-Mallet, this wine boasts a saturated purple color, as well as an intense nose of cassis liqueur, chocolate, and minerals. Dense and medium-bodied, with outstanding purity, and high tannin, this beautifully made wine is better than many classified growths. (RP)" (4/1999) 90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Dark purple-ruby. Roasted nose combines blackberry, espresso and licorice. Large-scaled, mouthfilling and impressively deep; boasts terrific intensity and sweetness. Very long, ripely tannic finish. The estate has high hopes for its '98, but it hard to believe it will sur ...Read More » 


Inventory: Main Warehouse


1996 Grand Puy Lacoste, Pauillac (1.5L)
Bid on this magnum lot of 1996 Grand Puy Lacoste, Pauillac (1.5L) (92WS, 91RP). Wine Spectator: "Lots of plum, currant and vanilla aromas. Full-bodied, with fine tannins and a fresh, citrus and fruit aftertaste. (JS, Web-2007)" 

This lot contains the following items:
1996 Grand Puy Lacoste, Pauillac (1.5L) (qty: 1)


End Date: Mar 30 2017 1:00PM PT

Current Bid: $155.00
Place Bid
WS 92 RP 91