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1986 Joel Taluau Saint-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil Vieilles Vignes

Joël Taluau is a fabulous grower in St. Nicolas de Bourgueil known for making some of the purest expressions of Cabernet Franc in the Loire, unmarred by the intrusion of oak--which he hasn't used in production since 1986. He was also the first producer in the appellation to begin domaine bottling. The Vieilles Vignes, from a single plot of Cabernet Franc planted in 1934, is prized for its power, depth and grace. This flagship wine is meant to age, and this one is really coming into its own.


Inventory: Main Warehouse Hollywood San Francisco

Price: $29.99 Add To Cart

1986 Dominus Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend (oxidized capsules)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "I did not pick this out as Dominus in the blind tasting, largely because it came across as such a young, rich, blockbuster wine. One of the richest, densest, most concentrated offerings in the entire tasting, it also proved to be one of the best-balanced, with better integration of acidity and tannin than many 1986s exhibited. The color remains a deep, dark ruby, with purple hues. Dense, concentrated, and pure, with copious quantities of cassis fruit intermingled with earth, spice, and minerals, this large-scaled ...Read More » 


Inventory: San Francisco

Price: $189.99 Add To Cart
RP 93

1986 Marques de Murrieta Castillo Ygay Blanco Gran Reserva Especial Rioja

100 points James Suckling: "This is a triumph. An amazing white showing roasted pineapple, dried apple, flowers and hints of lemon curd on the nose. Hints of almonds, too. Full-body, closed and tight with amazing depth and beauty. Waxy, salty, and creamy. Goes on for minutes. 21 years in wood, seven in concrete and then about three years in bottle. First year since 1978. Viura with a hint of malvasia. I have the same mind-tingling sensation tasting this as tasting the 1964 Viña Tondonia Gran Reserva Blanco. Another perfect wine. 8,000 bottles made. " (10 ...Read More » 


Inventory: Main Warehouse


1986 Grand-Puy-Lacoste, Pauillac (1.5L)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "This wine is the finest Grand-Puy-Lacoste produced after 1982 and before 1995. The 1986 still possesses an impressive deep ruby/purple color, as well as a classic nose of cedar, blackcurrants, smoke, and vanillin. Full-bodied, powerful, authoritatively rich, and loaded with fruit, this wine's solid lashing of tannin is not likely to melt away for 3-4 more years. It can be drunk, although it is backward and unyielding. Certainly, it is one of the better northern Medocs of the vintage. (RP)" (01/1998) Wine Specta ...Read More » 


Inventory: San Francisco

Price: $249.99 Add To Cart
RP 91

1986 Chateau de Ravignan Bas-Armagnac (750ml)

From the importer: "Castles have graced the property of what is now the Château de Ravignan since the 12th century. The name "Ravignan" itself comes from the deep ravines surrounding the property that once served as a natural defense. The château was later occupied by feudal barons and partially destroyed during the religious wars of the 16th century. In the mid-17th century, a Louis XIII manor was built on the property. ? Vineyards were planted in 1732. Around the same time, the property was sold to Jean La Croix, who later took the name Ravignan.?"


Inventory: Redwood City San Francisco

Price: $149.99 Add To Cart

1986 Haut-Bailly, Pessac-Léognan

93 points John Gilman: "The 1986 Haut-Bailly is a really terrific example of the vintage and is starting to really drink beautifully at age twenty-four. The deep, complex and very pure nose offers up a mix of cherries, orange zest, tobacco leaf, lovely minerality, summer truffles and cedary wood. On the palate the wine is deep, fullish and strikingly transparent, with a lovely core of fruit, superb intensity of flavor, modest tannins and outstanding length and grip on the beautifully balanced finish. Just a lovely and very refined example of the ’86 vint ...Read More » 


Inventory: San Francisco

Price: $139.99 Add To Cart
JG 93 WS 91

1986 Léoville-Barton, St-Julien

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Still backward (frustratingly so), this wine shows a very dark ruby color with a hint of pink at the rim. The aromatics are beginning to emerge from just pure fruit-driven notes to secondary characteristics. Sweet earth, truffle, black currant, underbrush, and licorice emerge with coaxing. In the mouth, the wine is powerful, dense, with high tannin., impressive concentration, and a formidable, sort of old-style personality. The best 1986 Medocs are terrific wines, but have never been wines that show a lot of char ...Read More » 


Inventory: San Francisco

Price: $189.99 Add To Cart
RP 91 WS 90

1986 Guiraud, Sauternes

93 points John Gilman: "Château Guiraud is one of the most unique bottlings of Sauternes, as it includes more sauvignon blanc at forty percent, than virtually anyone in the appellation. Their 1986 vintage has always been delightful and the wine has now reached its apogee and is drinking with both complexity and style. The bouquet is a fine blend of peach, pineapple, honey, lovely savory elements from the sauvignon blanc and vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied, complex and marvelously balanced, with bright acids, lovely focus and gri ...Read More » 


Inventory: Main Warehouse

Price: $79.99 Add To Cart
JG 93 WS 93

1986 Lagrange, St-Julien

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Here is a classic example of a wine that is showing significantly more complexity and richness from the bottle than out of cask, although it was certainly a potentially outstanding wine when tasted from the barrel. In a vintage that produced a number of enormously structured, rich, concentrated wines, Lagrange is a blockbuster wine that seems capable of lasting 30-35 years. Black/ruby in color, with a closed-but-burgeoning bouquet of spicy new oak, black fruits, and flowers, this muscular, full-bodied, tannic win ...Read More » 


Inventory: Main Warehouse

Price: $114.99 Add To Cart
RP 92

1986 Rauzan-Ségla, Margaux Back In Stock!
1986 Rauzan-Ségla, Margaux

93 points John Gilman: "For me, the renaissance at Rauzan-Ségla began with the 1983 vintage here, but the first vintage that really came to the attention of American claret lovers was the superb 1986, which continues to drink splendidly well at age thirty. The bouquet is deep, vibrant and very classy, jumping from the glass in a blend of cassis, sweet dark berries, tobacco leaf, a touch of bell pepper, leather, cigar smoke and dark soil tones. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and nicely soil-driven in personality, with a fine core, lovely comp ...Read More » 


Inventory: Main Warehouse

Price: $189.99 Add To Cart
JG 93 RP 92

1986 Domaine Boingnères Folle Blanche Bas-Armagnac (750ml)

When discussing the components of a great brandy, the soil is just as important an indicator of quality as it is to a great wine. Boingnères grows all their fruit in a majority of sand and limestore--the absolute best makeup for producing fantastic grapes. Run by Martòn Lafite, of the esteemed Château Lafite family, the Domaine also owns their own still (rather than hiring someone to bring them a still like many producers do) so they have been familiar with the workings of their distillation for decades. The single vintage Folle Blanche expression uses o ...Read More » 


Inventory: San Francisco

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1986 Bruichladdich 30 Year Old Rare Cask Series "Sherry: The Magnificent Seven" Unpeated Islay Single Malt Whisky (black tin) (750ml)

The final seven casks from the '86 vintage aged in Oloroso sherry butts until being transfered to fresh Fernando di Castilla Pedro Ximinez casks for 4 years of additional maturation. This tiny release of some of Bruichladdich's oldest stocks are proof that the unpeated Islay can age just as gracefully as some of her smokey neighbors. Only 4200 bottles of this special whisky were produced and sold exclusively in the US so expect the international collectors to be on the hunt.


Inventory: Special Order

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1986 Mouton Rothschild, Pauillac (high shoulder fill, slight oxidized capsule)

100 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The 1986 Mouton-Rothschild is a behemoth that almost has a California-like richness and sweetness of fruit. Offering incredible yet classic Cabernet Sauvignon notes of crème de cassis, tobacco leaf, lead pencil shavings, and wood smoke, this beauty starts out reticent and backward (which is mind blowing for a wine that’s 32 years old) yet opens up gorgeously with time in the glass. Full-bodied, deep, rich and unctuous, yet still incredibly pure and lively, it’s a sensational, benchmark Bordeaux that probably has another 2+ decade ...Read More » 


Inventory: San Francisco


1986 Suduiraut, Sauternes

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Plump, rich, honeyed, pineapple, coconut, and buttery fruit flavors abound in this full-bodied, rich wine that falls just short of being profound. It is muscular and rich, but it is missing an element of complexity that I found in many other 1986s." (01/1998) Wine Spectator: "Ripe and golden, with buttered pear and pineapple aromas and long, honeyed fruit flavors." (12/1989)


Inventory: Main Warehouse

Price: $89.99 Add To Cart

1986 Pichon-Lalande, Pauillac (bin soiled label) Back In Stock!
1986 Pichon-Lalande, Pauillac (bin soiled label)

95 points Decanter: "Marvellous old Bordeaux with delicate cassis, graphite, and faded violet nuances. A legendary wine for this estate, equal to the 1982 but ageing better. (ID)" (10/2014) 95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Now at 30 years of age, there is a gulf between the two Pichons in this vintage that no longer exists. The 1986 Pichon-Longueville Comtesse de Lalande has long been one of the best wines from the estate alongside the 1982 (even if the first bottle was a little oxidized). The second bottle was representative. It has a classic ...Read More » 


Inventory: Main Warehouse


1986 Montrose, St-Estèphe Very High fill  Damp Stained Label Back In Stock!
1986 Montrose, St-Estèphe Very High fill Damp Stained Label

98 points Decanter: "This is a masterclass in the ageing aromas of Bordeaux. It sits exactly at the spot at which you still have a tightening and a menthol freshness on this finish, with cassis fruit that is still very much tight and young, but where the more gentle, spicy, brushed almond and cedar flavours start to intrude. Beautiful wine, amazing, it deepens through the palate, the expression changes and evolves, it's tertiary but still with flesh, gorgeous. (JA)" (12/2017) 95 points Wine Spectator: "Wonderful clean berry fruit with currant, light mi ...Read More » 


Inventory: Main Warehouse

Price: $159.99 Add To Cart
DC 98 WS 95

1986 Cos d'Estournel, St-Estèphe (wrinkled bin soiled label) Back In Stock!
1986 Cos d'Estournel, St-Estèphe (wrinkled bin soiled label)

95 points Decanter: "Vibrant deep colour, this has masses of spice box and minerals on the nose. Of course, the 86 was famous for its power and tannic structure and this is still muscular and foursquare, but the tannins are beginning to yield and soften. Very fresh acidity and classic sweet cassis fruit with notes of minerals, underbrush and tobacco. Very pure and long. Impressively, the wine had been decanted two hours previously and was still evolving in the glass more than an hour later. Tasted at Decanter Fine Wine Encounter 2015. (JS)" (12/2015) 9 ...Read More » 


Inventory: Main Warehouse


1986 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac (bin soiled label) Back In Stock!
1986 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac (bin soiled label)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 1986 Lynch Bages has a knockout bouquet that wraps its arms around you with all its loveliness: pure black cherries, mint and cedar, even a touch of glycerine still there. Vibrant and youthful. The palate is beautifully balanced, crisp and taut, linear but very precise with a fine bead of acidity. You just fall for the harmony of this Lynch Bages, the intensity of fruit that seems undiminished on the finish. Is it up there with the 1989 and 1990? Maybe not, but it is not far behind. Frankly this Lynch Bages i ...Read More » 


Inventory: Main Warehouse



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