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1996 Lynch-Moussas, Pauillac Top Pick!
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 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: Hollywood Main Warehouse Redwood City San Francisco

Price: $119.99 Add To Cart

1996 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac Top Pick!
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: Hollywood Main Warehouse Redwood City San Francisco


1996 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac
Bid on this bottle of 1996 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac (93RP, 92WS, 91ST). 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)" (08/2011) 

This lot contains the following items:
1996 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac (qty: 1)


End Date: Feb 10 2016 10:30AM PT

Current Bid: $120.00
Place Bid
RP 93 WS 92 ST 91

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 Redwood City San Francisco


1996 Kirwan, Margaux

90 points Wine Spectator: "Pretty plum and blackberry character. Full-bodied, with silky tannins and a fresh finish. Just starting to come right now. (Web Only—2007)" Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Readers should note that this property has significantly improved the quality of its wines, and now deserves a serious look in nearly every vintage. The 1996 Kirwan is a highly-extracted, rich, medium-bodied wine with a deep ruby/purple color, and ripe cassis fruit intermixed with a touch of new oak, prunes, and spice. The wine has come together nicely since I first tasted it from cask. It appears to be an excellent, n ...Read More » 


Inventory: Hollywood Main Warehouse Redwood City San Francisco

Price: $99.99 Add To Cart
WS 90

1996 Pichon-Baron, Pauillac

91 points 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 be ...Read More » 


Inventory: 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 San Francisco


1996 Labegorce, Margaux

Wine Spectator: "Not a big-boned wine, but delicious nonetheless. Attractive blackberry, cherry and earth aromas and flavors. Medium-bodied, with well-integrated tannins and a pretty fruity aftertaste. Best after 2000. –JS" (1/1999) K&L Notes: A great cabernet vintage and a fine value. $40 for the 1996 and $50 for the 2005. This is a no-brainer. (Clyde Beffa, K&L Wine Merchants) 


Inventory: Main Warehouse

Price: $44.99 Add To Cart

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: San Francisco

Price: $249.99 Add To Cart
RP 95

1996 Mouton-Rothschild, Pauillac (1.5L)

96 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "(77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc; pH 3.85; IPT 73; 12.7% alcohol; 83% new oak): 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 improv ...Read More » 


Inventory: Hollywood


1996 Cos d'Estournel, St-Estèphe

98 points 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) 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 t ...Read More » 


Inventory: Main Warehouse Redwood City San Francisco


1996 Pichon-Lalande, Pauillac
Bid on this 6-bottle lot of 1996 Pichon-Lalande, Pauillac (96RP, 95ST, 92WS). Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 1996 Pichon-Lalande is just as awesome from bottle as it was from multiple cask tastings... The color is a saturated ruby/purple. The nose suggests sweet, nearly overripe Cabernet Sauvignon, with its blueberry/blackberry/cassis scents intermixed with high quality, subtle, toasty new oak. Deep and full-bodied, with fabulous concentration and a sweet, opulent texture... (RP)" (04/1999) 

This lot contains the following items:
1996 Pichon-Lalande, Pauillac (qty: 6)


End Date: Feb 9 2016 5:30PM PT

Current Bid: $1010.00
Place Bid
RP 96 ST 95 WS 92

1996 Léoville-Barton, St-Julien
Bid on this 3-bottle lot of 1996 Léoville-Barton, St-Julien (92RP, 92ST, 91WS). 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)" (04/1999) 

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


End Date: Feb 6 2016 1:30PM PT

Current Bid: $240.00
Place Bid
RP 92 ST 92 WS 91

1996 Lafon-Rochet, St-Estèphe
Bid on this bottle of 1996 Lafon-Rochet, St-Estèphe (90RP, 90WS). Wine Spectator: "Blackberry and licorice aromas and flavors. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a long finish. (Web-2007)" 

This lot contains the following items:
1996 Lafon-Rochet, St-Estèphe (qty: 1)


End Date: Feb 12 2016 1:30PM PT

Current Bid: $35.00
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RP 90 WS 90

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 San Francisco


1996 Guiraud, Sauternes
Bid on this bottle of 1996 Guiraud, Sauternes. Jancis Robinson: "Quite dark copper. Doesn’t smell quite pure. Big and massive with tawny macerated raisins – rather like a TBA with much more alcohol. Treacly finish. Dramatic and I guess lots of risky decisions were taken to pick the grapes this ripe but the result just lacks a little refreshment. (17/20)" (02/2011) 

This lot contains the following items:
1996 Guiraud, Sauternes (qty: 1)


End Date: Feb 8 2016 1:00PM PT

Current Bid: $32.00
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1996 Gruaud-Larose, St-Julien

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "(64% cabernet sauvignon, 26% merlot, 7% cabernet franc and 3% petit verdot; IPT 74; 13% alcohol): Dark ruby. Deep, brooding nose hints at dark plum, blackcurrant, coffee and lavender accented by cinnamon and nutmeg. Enters bright and fresh, then turns richer in the middle, with accessible plum, herb and coffee flavors persisting nicely on the peppery finish, which features chewy tannins. This is at once more herbal and more forward than the 1995. It's also better than I remember it, and although still quite young it offers plenty of appeal. The wine's ha ...Read More » 


Inventory: San Francisco

Price: $119.99 Add To Cart
ST 91 WS 90

1996 d'Yquem, Sauternes (Pre-Arrival)

96 points Wine Spectator: "This leans toward the tropical side, with mango and guava notes out front, while maple, date, blood orange and citrus oil flavors fill in behind. The finish kicks into another gear, taking off with honeysuckle, orange blossom and frangipane accents. Has almost unbridled power today, while maintaining serious cut. A very impressive showing in a rather overlooked vintage.—Non-blind Yquem vertical (July 2014). Drink now through 2035." (2/2014) 95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Compared with the flamboyant aromatics of the 1997, Yquem's 1996 plays it closer to the vest, although there is a lot ...Read More » 


Inventory: Main Warehouse

Price: $249.99 Add To Cart
WS 96 RP 95

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 (5L)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "aturated 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." (5/1999) 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 Co ...Read More » 


Inventory: Hollywood

Price: $2,299.00 Add To Cart
ST 94 RP 93 WS 90

1996 Calon-Ségur, St-Estèphe (3L)

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. 93+ (ST)" (7/2002) 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 1996 may not be as profound as I had predicted from cask, but it is an exceptional wine. Dark ruby-colored, with a complex nose of dried herbs, Asian spices, and black cherry jam intermixed with cassis, it possesses outstanding purity ...Read More » 


Inventory: Hollywood Main Warehouse Redwood City San Francisco