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1996 du Tertre, Margaux Top Pick!
1996 du Tertre, Margaux

88-90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A sleeper, Du Tertre's 1996 exhibits a black ruby/purple color, a sweet black fruit-scented nose, medium to full body, well-integrated tannin, and fine purity and depth. This wine should age nicely, yet have a degree of accessibility young. (RP)" (2/1998) Jancis Robinson: "Owned by the Gasquetons until 1997. Looks quite evolved. Mid ruby with strong rusty notes at the rim. Very light nose. Lots of gentle evolution. Not in the first flush of youth but this has charm. Needs drinking before the fruit fades though." (9/2011) K&L Notes: Neal Martin's notes: "A typical Margaux nose: blackberr... Read More » 


Inventory: Hollywood Main Warehouse Redwood City San Francisco

Price: $49.99 Add To Cart
RP 88 - 90

1996 Lafite Rothschild, Pauillac

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Tasted three times since bottling, the 1996 Lafite-Rothschild is unquestionably this renowned estate's greatest wine...This massive wine may be the biggest, largest-scaled Lafite I have ever tasted. It will require many years to come around, so I suspect all of us past the age of fifty might want to give serious consideration as to whether we should be laying away multiple cases of this wine. It is also the first Lafite-Rothschild to be put into a new engraved bottle (designed to prevent fraudulent imitations). The wine exhibits a thick-looking, ruby/pur ...Read More » 


Inventory: Main Warehouse


1996 d'Angludet, Margaux

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A sleeper of the vintage, d'Angludet's 1996 reveals an opaque purple color, as well as a powerful, rich, black currant-scented nose with cedar, weedy tobacco, licorice, and earth in the background. Dense, backward, and atypically powerful and unevolved for a wine from this well-run chateau, this boldly made, tannic, yet impressively endowed wine will have a long lifeline. Anticipated maturity: 2001-2015." (4/1999) Wine Spectator: "Not a big wine, but a delicious drinkable style that shows good finesse. Aromas of berries and spices follow through to the palate. Medium-bodie ...Read More » 


Inventory: Hollywood Main Warehouse

Price: $69.99 Add To Cart

1996 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac

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 San Francisco


1996 Pontet-Canet Pauillac

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "I was shocked by how backward the 1996 Pontet-Canet was on the three occasions I tasted it in January. This wine possesses superb potential, but it appears a decade's worth of patience will be necessary. The color is a saturated dark purple. With coaxing, the wine offers aromas of black currant jam intertwined with minerals, sweet oak, and spice. A full-bodied wine, it possesses layered, concentrated sweet fruit, with an elevated level of ripe tannin. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2035. (RP)" (4/1999)91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep ruby-red. Blackcurrant, plum, tobacco and black ...Read More » 


Inventory: Main Warehouse


1996 Langoa-Barton, St-Julien

Wine Spectator: "Blackberry, floral and dark chocolate follow through to a medium body, with fine tannins and a fresh finish. (Web-2007)" K&L Notes: This property is owned by the legendary Anthony Barton, owner of both Langoa- and Leoville-Barton. It's also created by the same staff as Leoville-Barton, a winemaking team that has few rivals anywhere in the world. 


Inventory: San Francisco

Price: $99.99 Add To Cart

1996 Calon-Ségur, St-Estèphe

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Saturated ruby-red. Pure, highly perfumed aromas of black cherry, currant, plum, minerals, tobacco, leather and fresh herbs. Very ripe, suave and spicy; at once subtle and gripping. Lovely Cabernet character dominating today. Very firm, long finish is youthful but not hard-edged. Showing extremely well." (8/2002)92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Dark ruby-colored, with a complex nose of dried herbs, Asian spices, and black cherry jam intermixed with cassis, it possesses outstanding purity, and considerable tannin in the finish. This classic, medium to full-bodied, traditionally made wine ...Read More » 


Inventory: Main Warehouse San Francisco


1996 Haut-Batailley, Pauillac

89-91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The wine exhibits a dense purple color, as well as a wonderfully sweet, classic Pauillac nose of black currants and cigar box notes. Powerful for Haut-Batailley (normally a light, elegant, supple Pauillac), the 1996 possesses intense fruit, medium to full body, ripe tannin, and a surprisingly long, layered finish. This appears to be a classic, and may merit an outstanding score. (RP)" (2/1998)90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep ruby-red. Floral, spicy aromas of black cherry, licorice and shoe polish. Thick and dense, with lovely sweetness and inner-mouth flavor. Boasts more volume than ...Read More » 


Inventory: Redwood City


1996 d'Angludet, Margaux (1.5L)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A sleeper of the vintage, d'Angludet's 1996 reveals an opaque purple color, as well as a powerful, rich, black currant-scented nose with cedar, weedy tobacco, licorice, and earth in the background. Dense, backward, and atypically powerful and unevolved for a wine from this well-run chateau, this boldly made, tannic, yet impressively endowed wine will have a long lifeline. Anticipated maturity: 2001-2015." (4/1999) Wine Spectator: "Not a big wine, but a delicious drinkable style that shows good finesse. Aromas of berries and spices follow through to the palate. Medium-bodie ...Read More » 


Inventory: San Francisco

Price: $139.99 Add To Cart

1996 d'Issan, Margaux (Previously $130)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "This property continues to reassert itself, with a renewed commitment to quality. The 1996 d'Issan has turned out beautifully in bottle. It exhibits a dark ruby/purple color as well as an elegant, floral, blackberry, and smoky-scented nose. The wine is medium-bodied and complex in the mouth, with subtle new oak, gorgeously ripe, sweet black currant fruit, and well-integrated tannin and acidity. This quintessential Margaux-styled wine is elegant and rich. Anticipated maturity: 2004-2020. (RP)" (4/1999) K&L Notes: Plenty of blackberry, currant, and cherry character. Me... Read More » 


Inventory: Main Warehouse

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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." (11/2012)96 points Wine Spectator: "Fabulous aromas of crushed raspberrie ...Read More » 


Inventory: Main Warehouse


1996 Mouton Rothschild, Pauillac

96 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright ruby with a palish rim. Intense, fragrant aromas of strawberry, iris, coffee, white pepper and bay leaf are lifted by an aromatic spice note; one can recognize the cabernet franc here. Rich, dense and suave, with very pure red fruit, cedar and herb flavors that coat the palate and are nicely carried by vibrant, harmonious acidity. Finishes with outstanding length, noble tannins and a late spicy, floral kick. This outstanding Mouton has improved enormously since its release. Tourbier agrees: 'We were a little worried initially that this Mouton ...Read More » 


Inventory: Hollywood Main Warehouse


1996 d'Yquem, Sauternes

Jancis Robinson: "Half bottle. Deep gold, savoury/sour apricot and orange peel aromas. Intense, viscous, dense and there's a slightly grippy texture on the palate still. Great depth, notes of almond and baked apple and all that sweetness counterbalanced by bracing acidity. Still seems so young, and promises more. 18/20 points. Drink 2012-2035." K&L Notes: 95 points Robert Parker: "Compared with the flamboyant aromatics of the 1997, Yquem's 1996 plays it closer to the vest, although there is a lot going on. Light gold with a tight but promising nose of roasted hazelnuts intermixed with... Read More » 


Inventory: Main Warehouse

Price: $249.99 Add To Cart
RP 95

1996 L'Eglise Clinet, Pomerol

94 points James Suckling: "It's agreed among most Bordeaux wine lovers that Right Bank, more specifically Pomerol, made good quality but not great reds in 1996. The 1995 was much better for Merlot and Cabernet Franc. So this 1996 Eglise Clinet came as a big surprise when I tasted it. The red shows wonderful complexity and beauty now. It's full body yet refined with black olive and berry character. It's so balanced and fine now. Very pretty." (12/2013)93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "One of the few profound Pomerols in 1996, l'Eglise-Clinet turned out an uncommonly rich, concentrated wine that is performing well f ...Read More » 


Inventory: Main Warehouse Redwood City


1996 Domaine de Chevalier Rouge, Pessac-Léognan

Jancis Robinson: "Subtle maturation on the nose. Very lively and dancing with good core of fruit. Good for now but supported by exceptionally fine tannins. Delicate, dancing. 18/20 points." (9/2006) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 1996 has turned out beautifully from the bottle. It is an exceptionally elegant wine, with well-integrated oak, and tobacco-tinged, cherry and cassis fruit. It appears to be a return to the style of the seventies and early eighties. Lush, with excellent concentration, a beautiful texture, and a flattering, potentially complex aromatic profile, this medium-bodied wine should ...Read More » 


Inventory: Main Warehouse

Price: $89.99 Add To Cart

1996 Cos d'Estournel, St-Estèphe

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Saturated deep ruby. Ineffable aromas of black fruits, minerals, licorice and Havana tobacco. Rich, dense and thick; powerful but harmonious. Layered texture over a strong backbone. Very long on the palate, with thoroughly ripe, noble cabernet tannins. Superb." (6/1999)93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Made from 65% Cabernet Sauvignon and 35% Merlot, this is a huge, backward wine. The 1996 possesses an opaque purple color, as well as pure aromatics consisting of cassis, grilled herbs, coffee, and toasty new oak. Massive in the mouth, and one of the most structured and concentrated young C ...Read More » 


Inventory: Redwood City


1996 Palmer, Margaux

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Deep garnet colour going a little brick. The nose is very forthcoming with a good intensity of earthy loam and black truffle aromas mingled with dark cherry, leather, tar and black olive. Medium to high acidity and a medium+ level of very fine tannins. Great balance. Long finish. (LPB)" (3/2010) 89-92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "More saturated ruby-red color. More serious, darker aromas of blackberry, mulberry, and licorice, plus complicating truffle and floral nuances. Much sweeter and denser though currently a bit mute in the middle palate due to the recent fining. But this wine silky te ...Read More » 


Inventory: Hollywood Main Warehouse


1996 Haut-Brion, Pessac-Léognan

93 points Wine Spectator: "Gorgeous aromas of crushed berries, cigar box, black licorice and tanned leather. Full-bodied, with fine silky tannins and a medium to long finish. Seems a little tight right now. But refined and pretty. Nice for the vintage. (Web Only—2007)"92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "It will be a potentially long-lived wine. The 1996 exhibits a deep ruby/purple color, and a surprisingly tight bouquet. With aeration, notes of fresh tobacco, dried herbs, smoke, asphalt, and black fruits emerge ... but reluctantly. It is tannic and medium-bodied, with outstanding purity and a layered, multidimensiona ...Read More » 


Inventory: Hollywood


1996 Haut-Brion, Pessac-Léognan
Bid on this 3-bottle lot of 1996 Haut-Brion, Pessac-Léognan (93WS, 92RP, 92ST, 91JS). Wine Spectator: "Gorgeous aromas of crushed berries, cigar box, black licorice and tanned leather. Full-bodied, with fine silky tannins and a medium to long finish. Seems a little tight right now. But refined and pretty. Nice for the vintage. (Web Only—2007)" 

This lot contains the following items:
1996 Haut-Brion, Pessac-Léognan (qty: 3)


End Date: Aug 29 2015 5:00PM PT


1996 Léoville-Las Cases, St-Julien (Previously $430.00)

98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A profound Leoville Las Cases, it is one of the great modern day wines of Bordeaux. This wine's hallmark remains a sur-maturite (over-ripeness) of the Cabernet Sauvignon grape. Yet the wine has retained its intrinsic classicism, symmetry, and profound potential for complexity and elegance. The black/purple color is followed by a spectacular nose of cassis, cherry liqueur, pain grille, and minerals. It is powerful and rich on the attack, with beautifully integrated tannin, massive concentration, yet no hint of heaviness or disjointedness. As this wine sit ...Read More » 


Inventory: Main Warehouse


1996 Suduiraut, Sauternes (Previously $60)

89 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Slight SO2 and a whiff of licorice on the nose. Fat, oaky and moderately thick; fairly sweet but doesn't offer the shape or depth of flavor of the '97. The finish, though, is ripe, honeyed and long." (8/1999) Jancis Robinson: "Bright gold. Pretty simple on the nose. Very big and barley sugar on the palate. You couldn’t fail to like this even if it not one of the subtlest. Chewy end. (17/20 points JR)" (6/2011) K&L Notes: Pineapple aromas and up-front fruit on the palate. Very honeyed and rich. A powerhouse. 


Inventory: Main Warehouse

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ST 89

1996 Les Forts de Latour, Pauillac

92 points Wine Spectator: "Amazing aromas of crushed berries and fresh flowers. Full-bodied, with wonderfully velvety tannins and a long, long finish. This wine has wonderful texture and length. What a second wine! —'95/'96 Bordeaux retrospective. Best after 2008. (Web Only—2007)"91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep ruby-red. Vibrant cassis and licorice aromas. Firmer and fresher than the '97, with plenty of flesh and backbone. Dense, sweet and deep. Finishes long and subtle. A very strong vintage for this wine. (ST)" (5/1999)90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Tasted at an off-line lunch at The Ledbury. A completely different bottle to the one in S ...Read More » 


Inventory: Main Warehouse


1996 Lynch-Moussas, Pauillac

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A very good example of this...estate, the 1996's saturated dark ruby/plum color is accompanied by textbook aromas of black currants, smoky new oak, minerals, and tobacco. Well-made, with moderate tannin, excellent purity, and a medium-bodied, ripe, melted asphalt-flavored finish, this [is a] seductive Lynch-Moussas...(RP)" (4/1999) K&L Notes: In February 1998, Robert Parker wrote: "Lynch-Moussas is clearly on the comeback trail, as evidenced by the 1995 and 1996 efforts, which are two of the finest wines I have tasted from this Pauillac estate." Just tasted in 2015, ... Read More » 


Inventory: Main Warehouse Redwood City San Francisco

Price: $49.99 Add To Cart

1996 Gruaud-Larose, St-Julien Back In Stock!
1996 Gruaud-Larose, St-Julien

90 points Wine Spectator: "Harmonious and pretty. Good color, with plenty of tobacco, berry and mushroom character, a hint of iodine. Full-bodied, with polished, silky tannins and a long aftertaste of tobacco, cedar and vanilla. Best after 2001." (01/99) According to Robert Parker: "In the bottle, Gruaud Larose appears to have returned to the form it possessed when I first tasted it from cask - a stylish, surprisingly civilized, medium-bodied wine without the muscle and power expected from both this terroir and vintage. It still possesses excellent dens... Read More » 


Inventory: Main Warehouse

Price: $119.99 Add To Cart
WS 90

1996 Cantemerle, Haut-Medoc (1.5L)

One of our top-picks for value-of-the-vintage. Fabulous nose, rich deep flavors, and a great value for the high quality. We weren't the only ones who liked it, either. It got 91 points and a "highly recommended" designation from the Wine Spectator: "The best Cantemerle in years, beautiful and rich, with a wonderful core of fruit. Pretty plum and berry aromas, with hints of tobacco and chocolate, lead to a full-bodied wine with loads of chocolate and berry character. Long, long aftertaste." (01/1999) Robert Parker called it "probably the finest Cantemerle... Read More » 


Inventory: Main Warehouse Redwood City San Francisco

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1996 Smith-Haut-Lafitte, Pessac-Leognan

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 1996 Smith-Haut-Lafitte is the quintessentially elegant Bordeaux. With a dark ruby/purple color, it displays a beautiful presentation of blackberry and cassis fruit nicely dosed with subtle new oak. On the attack, the wine is sweet and pure, with striking symmetry, and a compellingly balanced mid-palate and finish. Although not as big as some blockbusters from this vintage, it is extremely complex (both aromatically and flavor-wise), and impressive for its restraint, subtlety, and impeccable balance. Anticipated maturity: 2003-2016. (RP)" (4/1999) Jancis Robinson: "Quit ...Read More » 


Inventory: Main Warehouse

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RP 90

1996 Canon La Gaffeliere, St-Emilion

90-92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Saturated opaque ruby. Rich berry, smoke and game aromas. Lush, sweet blackberry flavor in the mouth, with a seamless velvety texture, density and ripeness of tannins that are extraordinary for a right-bank wine from this vintage. Very long on the aftertaste." (4/1998)90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "This is one of St.-Emilion's most impressively constituted and expressive wines. From its saturated purple color, to its soaring aromatics (pain grille, jammy black fruits, chocolate, roasted coffee, and smoke), this full-bodied, meaty, chewy, powerful wine is loaded with extract, sweet tann ...Read More » 


Inventory: Redwood City

Price: $99.99 Add To Cart
ST 90 - 92 RP 90

1996 du Tertre, Margaux (1.5L)

88-90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A sleeper, Du Tertre's 1996 exhibits a black ruby/purple color, a sweet black fruit-scented nose, medium to full body, well-integrated tannin, and fine purity and depth. This wine should age nicely, yet have a degree of accessibility young. (RP)" (2/1998) Jancis Robinson: "Owned by the Gasquetons until 1997. Looks quite evolved. Mid ruby with strong rusty notes at the rim. Very light nose. Lots of gentle evolution. Not in the first flush of youth but this has charm." (9/2011) K&L Notes: Neal Martin's notes: "A typical Margaux nose: blackberry and violets. Palate is tannic and very inacc... Read More » 


Inventory: San Francisco

Price: $119.99 Add To Cart
RP 88 - 90

1996 Leoville Barton, St-Julien (some exposed corks/torn capsules)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "This impressive wine is a classic. Although backward, it exhibits a dense ruby/purple color in addition to abundant black currant fruit intertwined with spicy oak and truffle-like scents. The wine is brilliantly made, full-bodied, and tightly-structured with plenty of muscle and outstanding concentration and purity. It should turn out to be a long-lived Leoville Barton, and somewhat of a sleeper. However, patience will be required. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2030. (RP)" (4/1999)92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Full ruby color. Blueberry, roasted nuts, mint and a hint of game on the nose. ...Read More » 


Inventory: Main Warehouse


1996 Meyney, St-Estèphe Back In Stock!
1996 Meyney, St-Estèphe

Decanter: "Classic rich, intense flavours. Velvety smooth palate." (11/1999) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A soft, easy-going, ripe, dried herb and red currant-scented wine, this 1996 is surprisingly open and evolved. It is made in a mainstream, consumer-friendly style that will have wide appeal, although it is neither concentrated nor complex. Drink it over the next decade." (4/1999) K&L Notes: One of the oldest estates in the Médoc, Château Meyney sits on a hilltop overlooking the Gironde estuary. The wine is deep red, earthy, and well-structured. 


Inventory: Main Warehouse

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1996 Malescot-St-Exupéry, Margaux New!
1996 Malescot-St-Exupéry, Margaux

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "This impressively constructed wine offers a saturated deep ruby/purple color, followed by elegant aromas of berry fruit intermixed with tobacco, flowers, and vanillin scents. It is layered and medium to full-bodied, with outstanding purity and fruit extraction. Although deep, rich, and powerful for a wine from this estate, it has not lost any of its elegance or potential complexity. Anticipated maturity: 2006-2025." (4/1999)90 points Wine Spectator: "Aromas of violet, blackberry and dried flowers. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a long finish. Layered and delicious. Give a li ...Read More » 


Inventory: Main Warehouse

Price: $89.99 Add To Cart
RP 90 WS 90

1996 Calon-Ségur, St-Estèphe (3L)

93 points Stephen Tanzer: "Saturated ruby-red. Pure, highly perfumed aromas of black cherry, currant, plum, minerals, tobacco, leather and fresh herbs. Very ripe, suave and spicy; at once subtle and gripping. Lovely Cabernet character dominating today. Very firm, long finish is youthful but not hard-edged. Showing extremely well." (Jul/Aug 02) 92 points Robert Parker: "Dark ruby-colored, with a complex nose of dried herbs, Asian spices, and black cherry jam intermixed with cassis, it possesses outstanding purity, and considerable tannin in the finish. T... Read More » 


Inventory: Main Warehouse Redwood City San Francisco


1996 Ducru-Beaucaillou, St-Julien (3L)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "I tasted the 1996 Ducru Beaucaillou on four separate occasions from bottle in January. 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. T ...Read More » 


Inventory: Main Warehouse

Price: $1,399.99 Add To Cart
RP 96 ST 94

1996 Clinet, Pomerol (1.5L)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "This is a backward, muscular, highly-extracted wine with a boatload of tannin, thus the question mark. The saturated plum/purple color is followed by an aggressively oaky nose with scents of roasted coffee, blackberries, and prunes. It is somewhat of a freak for a 1996 Pomerol given its richness, intensity, and overripe style. Medium-bodied and powerful, but extremely closed, and in need of 5-7 years of cellaring, it will be interesting to follow this wine's evolution to determine if the tannin fully integrates itself into the wine's concentrated style. ...Read More » 


Inventory: Main Warehouse

Price: $199.99 Add To Cart
RP 91