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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. Anticipated maturity: 2004-2018." (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 typ... Read More » 


Inventory: Hollywood Main Warehouse Redwood City San Francisco

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RP 88 - 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

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WS 96 RP 95

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." (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. Starting to ...Read More » 


Inventory: Main Warehouse Redwood City


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 San Francisco


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: Hollywood Main Warehouse

Price: $119.99 Add To Cart
RP 88 - 90

1996 Langoa-Barton, St-Julien

89 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Ruby-red. Floral, cedary aromas of blackcurrant and licorice. Concentrated but quite pliant in the middle palate. Ripe tannins nicely supported by fruit extract." (6/1999)89 points Wine Spectator: "Blackberry, floral and dark chocolate follow through to a medium body, with fine tannins and a fresh finish.--'95/'96 Bordeaux retrospective. Drink now. 2,500 cases made. (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 ... Read More » 


Inventory: Main Warehouse Redwood City

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ST 89 WS 89

1996 Ducru-Beaucaillou, St-Julien

96 points 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 ...Read More » 


Inventory: Hollywood Main Warehouse Redwood City


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: Main Warehouse Redwood City


1996 Grand Pontet, St-Emilion

According to Robert Parker: "This up and coming St.-Emilion is somewhat under-rated given the consistently high quality of recent vintages. The 1996 is a flamboyant, dark ruby/purple-colored wine with a soaring bouquet of plum liqueur, toasty new oak, black cherries, smoke, and dried herbs. In the mouth, evidence of sur-maturite jamminess and richness emerge from this medium-bodied, rich, spicy, impressively-endowed wine. There is tannin in the medium to full-bodied finish. Anticipated maturity: 2003-2014." (04/99) According to the Wine Spectator: "Can'... Read More » 


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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: Hollywood Main Warehouse Redwood City San Francisco


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: Main Warehouse


1996 d'Issan, Margaux

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." (4/1999) K&L Notes: Plenty of blackberry, currant, and cherry character. Medium ... Read More » 


Inventory: Main Warehouse

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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)90 points Wine Spectator: "Gorgeous aromas of currant and flowers follow through to a full-bodied palate, with silky tannins and a medium finish. A little more bottle age will open it even more. Very pretty.--'95/'96 Bordeaux retrospective. Best after 2008. (Web-2007)"  


Inventory: Main Warehouse

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RP 93 WS 90

1996 Pavillon Rouge, Margaux

Jancis Robinson: "Mid ruby with quite a bit of development at the rim. Quite delicate and fragile on the nose. Definitely ready to drink. Quite lightweight and sweet and the fruit seems to be past its most concentrated stage. Not much tannin in evidence. Hint of fresh mint. Revitalising. Silky." (9/2011) Wine Spectator: "Lovely aromas of berries, light vanilla and cedar follow through to a medium-bodied palate, with fine tannins and a slightly austere finish. (Web-2007)" K&L Notes: 1996 was a phenomenal year for Château Margaux and the Pavillon Rouge is one of the most delicious wines from the entire Ma... Read More » 


Inventory: Main Warehouse

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1996 Mouton Rothschild, Pauillac
Bid on this 6-bottle lot of 1996 Mouton Rothschild, Pauillac (96ST, 96WS, 95JS, 94RP). Wine Spectator: "Incredible nose of ultraripe fruit, it's yet subtle and complex. Full-bodied, with very ripe, almost sweet fruit and a long, long caressing finish. Superb. This is edging out the 1995. (Web Only-2007)" 

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1996 Mouton Rothschild, Pauillac (qty: 6)


End Date: Apr 7 2015 6:00PM PT


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: Main Warehouse


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: Hollywood Main Warehouse Redwood City


1996 Léoville-Las Cases, St-Julien

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


1996 Suduiraut, Sauternes

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 Angélus, St-Emilion

90-92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Saturated ruby-red. Expressive, floral aromas of black raspberry, black cherry, toffee, licorice and chocolate; suggests an almost roasted ripeness. Chocolatey and very dense in the mouth; rather tightly wrapped today but still much broader than the '97. Finishes very long, with substantial tongue-coating tannins. Powerful and impressive for the vintage." (6/1998)92 points Wine Spectator: "Complex and intense aromas of forest floor, wild berries and dried flowers. Full-bodied, with ultrasilky tannins and a long, long finish. Racy and classy. Wonderful now but has a long life ahead ...Read More » 


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1996 La Mission Haut-Brion, Pessac-Léognan

90-92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Very good medium-dark red. Aromatic nose combines black cherry, leather, minerals and smoke. Sweet, penetrating, and intensely flavored; fresh and delineated. Finishes very long, with smooth, sweet tannins. This is fairly dense and backward, but avoids the hardness shown by so many '96s." (6/1998)90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Fully mature, with a big, fragrant bouquet of damp earth, weedy underbrush, asphalt, Asian soy, and ripe plums and cherries, this medium-bodied 1996 appears to be on a fast evolutionary track. It reveals plenty of delicious fruit, soft tannins and enough acidity ...Read More » 


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1996 Raymond Lafon, Sauternes

Robert Parker says: "Raymond-Lafon is a name to watch in the Sauternes district, particularly if one is looking for a wine that is close to the brilliance and majestic richness of Yquem for less than one-third the price. This small estate abuts Yquem's vineyard and has an excellent reputation. …Unfortunately, the wine is extremely difficult to find because of the tiny production (1,300 cases) and the fact that the proprietor Pierre Meslier sells much of it to private clients in Europe." The estate of Raymond-Lafon fell into neglect, and it was not unt... Read More » 


Inventory: Main Warehouse

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1996 La Tour Blanche, Sauternes

Jancis Robinson: "A little curranty and even a hint of rot. But there is lots of interest and energy here. And masses of sweetness – well balanced by acidity. Only just becoming ready to drink. Very heady and peachy." (6/2011) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The light-style 1996 possesses a light golden color, moderate sweetness, and a flinty, citrusy, buttery nose with evidence of coconut, pears, oranges, and pineapples. In the mouth, it is medium-bodied and stylish with considerable elegance. Anticipated maturity: now-2015." (4/1999) Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Straw-gold. Peach, pear eau de vie and mint on the cool, slightly high-t ...Read More » 


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1996 Beau-Séjour Bécot, St-Emilion

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)  


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1996 Pichon-Lalande, Pauillac (1.5L)

96 points 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.." (4/1999)95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep ruby-red. Very sexy aromas of currant, blackberry and brown sugar, all lifted by an ineffable floral quality from the thoroughly ripe cabernet sauvignon that comprises three ...Read More » 


Inventory: San Francisco


1996 Pontet-Canet Pauillac Top Pick!
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: Hollywood Main Warehouse Redwood City San Francisco