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1998 Léoville-Barton, St-Julien

92 points Wine & Spirits: "(No tasting note given.)" (04/2002) 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "This opaque purple-colored, muscular, full-bodied, classically made St.-Julien displays impressive concentration, chewy, highly-extracted flavors of black fruits, iron, earth, and spicy wood, and a powerful mouth-feel. A pure, uncompromising, traditionally-styled wine, it is to be admired for its authenticity, class, and quality. (RP)" (04/2001) 90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Medium ruby. Very pure aromas of black cherry an ...Read More » 


Inventory: Main Warehouse Hollywood Redwood City San Francisco


1998 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape

96 points Wine Enthusiast: "A big, rich wine with huge amounts of fruit oozing out of the glass. Great concentration and intensity, with licorice flavors from the Mourvèdre, finishing with chewy tannins. A great year for this wine, which should age well for 15 to 20 years." (12/2001) 95 points Wine Spectator: "Very youthful, with a juicy blast of red plum and fig fruit flavors on a racy frame, this also has plenty of spice, tar, plum cake and mineral in reserve, as the finish shows more structure and slowly darkens with time in the glass. Only just sta ...Read More » 


Inventory: Redwood City


1998 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac Top Pick!
1998 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac

91 points Vinous: "(78% cabernet sauvignon, 14% merlot, 6% cabernet franc and 2% petit verdot; 5.4 g/l total acidity; 13.2% alcohol): Dark ruby-red. Ripe blackcurrant aromas and flavors are lifted by pungent graphite, cedar and mineral notes. Balanced, pure and smooth in the mouth, with excellent perfume and precision. Finishes long and pure, with lingering cassis and leather notes. This is another Lynch-Bages that has picked up volume and flesh from bottle aging. It's a very classic Pauillac and a wine that can still improve with additional cellaring. ( ...Read More » 


Inventory: Main Warehouse Hollywood Redwood City San Francisco

Price: $189.99 Add To Cart
VN 91

1998 Haut-Bailly, Pessac-Léognan

94 points Wine Spectator: "I love the nose on this wine; multidimensional, with flowers, sweet blackberry and citrus fruit. Full-bodied, with superclassy tannins that are polished and very refined. Goes for minutes on the palate. Still very reserved and not giving all it has. Give it much more bottle time to realize its wonderful style. One of the sleepers of the vintage. (JS, Web-2009)" 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Tasted at the château, the 1998 Haut-Bailly is a wine that exploits what was a fine vintage in Pessac-Léognan, and appears to ...Read More » 


Inventory: Redwood City


1998 Turley "Rattlesnake Acres" Napa Valley Petite Syrah

89-90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "There are 275 cases of the dense, tannic, concentrated, outstanding 1998 Petite Syrah Rattlesnake Acres (14.2% alcohol) This effort possesses exquisite purity and fabulously ripe, unmanipulated fruit that cuts a creamy, lush texture on the palate. The Rattlesnake Acres will drink well in 3-4 years and keep for 15 or more. (RP)" (01/2000) Wine Spectator: "A big, muscular, hearty style, rich in ripe stewed plum, white pepper and beefy notes, turning firm and chewy." (03/2001) Stephen Tanzer's International W ...Read More » 


Inventory: Main Warehouse

Price: $59.99 Add To Cart
RP 89 - 90


1998 Smith-Haut-Lafitte Rouge, Pessac-Léognan Back In Stock!
1998 Smith-Haut-Lafitte Rouge, Pessac-Léognan

95 points Wine & Spirits: "No tasting note given." (04/2002) 93 points Wine Spectator: "Decadent aromas here, with meat, ripe fruit and spices. Full-bodied, with round, soft tannins and lots of spicy, earthy and leafy flavors. Long and rich. Give it a little more bottle age. This has always been excellent. —'88/'98 Bordeaux blind retrospective (2008). Best after 2010. (JS, Web only-2009)" 93 points James Suckling: "Now shows plums, earth and light chocolate character, and lovely balance. It’s full-to-medium-bodied with fine tannins and a very pretty f ...Read More » 


Inventory: Main Warehouse


1998 Billecart-Salmon Blanc de Blancs Champagne Back In Stock!
1998 Billecart-Salmon Blanc de Blancs Champagne

94 points Wine Enthusiast: "From a relatively open vintage, this is a wine that is generous, rounded, full of green fruits, and balanced with a ripe texture. It has weight, but has more to do with sheer pleasure. It could age, maybe over 5 years, but its nutty hints show it is ready to drink. (RV)" (12/2007) 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 1998 Blanc de Blancs is a gorgeous wine with well-delineated varietal aromas and flavors. From start to finish, this is a wine that exudes refinement and balance. The fruit is sourced from Mesnil, Avize ...Read More » 


Inventory: San Francisco


1998 Val di Suga "Vigna del Lago" Brunello di Montalcino

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good medium red. Expressive, complex nose offers wild strawberry, plum and milk chocolate, along with exotic, slightly rustic oak notes of clove and coconut. Fat, oaky and sweet, with good density buffered by sound acidity. Finishes with big, dusty, building tannins and a note of menthol. (ST)" (09/2003)


Inventory: Main Warehouse

Price: $59.99 Add To Cart

1998 Wild Duck Creek Springflat Shiraz

91 points Robert Parker: "A distinctive Shiraz, the black/purple-colored 1998's (600 cases produced) explosive aromatic bouquet is reminiscent of the Maryland-produced Old Bay spice (used with abundance on the local steamed crabs). The spicy note is accompanied by aromas of blackberries, cassis, licorice, and toasty oak. Rich and backward, with fabulous concentration, it will improve significantly with another 2-4 years of bottle age, and should keep for a minimum of 12-15 years." (02/2000)


Inventory: Main Warehouse

Price: $34.99 Add To Cart

1998 Valdicava "Madonna del Piano" Brunello di Montalcino Riserva

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 1998 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Madonna del Piano is a single-vineyard wine, very fine but from a good, instead of an excellent, vintage. The nose, though powerful, is more mineral and herbaceous, and though there are size and concentration to spare on the palate, the quality of the extraction and tannins is not at the level of the outstanding vintage which followed. But the weight and grip on the finish are impressive. (DT)" (04/2005) 91 points Wine Spectator: "Decadent aromas of very ripe fruit, tar a ...Read More » 


Inventory: Main Warehouse

Price: $149.99 Add To Cart
RP 92 WS 91

1998 Schrader "Gaudeamus Vineyard-Upper Block" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Back In Stock!
1998 Schrader "Gaudeamus Vineyard-Upper Block" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

91 points Wine Spectator: "A sleek, rich and elegant debut, with layers of cedar, currant, lead pencil, black cherry, mineral, sage and beef flavors neatly woven together. Not too tannic, it's well-balanced." (10/2001)


Inventory: Main Warehouse

Price: $159.99 Add To Cart
WS 91

1998 Reserve de la Comtesse Lalande, Pauillac

The second wine of Pichon Lalande is a fantastic bargain. What a delightful surprise. Super Merlot dominated nose (black fruits). Also lots of cedar oak aromas that follow to the palate. Power and elegance combined.


Inventory: Main Warehouse

Price: $69.99 Add To Cart

1998 Turley "Tofanelli" Napa Valley Zinfandel

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The dark ruby/garnet-colored, full-bodied 1998 Zinfandel Tofanelli Vineyard (15.9% alcohol) exhibits spice box and berry fruit aromas and flavors, a sweet, luscious texture, soft, low acidity, and gorgeous voluptuousness. Drink it over the next 5-7 years. " (06/2000) Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Moderately saturated red-ruby. Aromas of spicy dark berries, menthol and shoe polish. Sweet, soft and rather simple; this lacks the flavor development and dimension of the '97 and '96. Finishes with slig ...Read More » 


Inventory: Main Warehouse

Price: $49.99 Add To Cart
RP 91

1998 Tardieu-Laurent Côte-Rôtie Back In Stock!
1998 Tardieu-Laurent Côte-Rôtie

94-96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "An amazing effort is the 1998 Cote Rotie, which comes from three hillside vineyards - La Landonne, Les Grandes Places, and Cote Rozier. The wine's dark purple color is followed by an explosive, exotic bouquet of bacon fat, cherry liqueur, black olives, roasted meats, and toasty wood. This expressive, voluptuously-textured, full-bodied, powerful, concentrated Cote Rotie reveals some tannin in the finish. (RP)" (10/1999) 92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep ruby. Intensely spicy, highly ...Read More » 


Inventory: Main Warehouse




1998 Castello Banfi Brunello di Montalcino Back In Stock!
1998 Castello Banfi Brunello di Montalcino

92 points Wine Spectator: "Loads of mineral and dried flowers behind the ripe fruit and almost raisiny character. Full-bodied, with smooth, silky tannins and a long fruity, berry, almost fresh herb aftertaste. An exceptional wine. Best after 2004." (05/2003)


Inventory: Main Warehouse

Price: $59.99 Add To Cart
WS 92

1998 Screaming Eagle Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 1998 Cabernet Sauvignon, which was bottled in late June, has turned out even better that I thought last year. It boasts a saturated ruby/purple color in addition to an expressive bouquet of cassis, minerals, and smoke. This multi-textured, round wine exhibits sweet, well-integrated tannin, a great mid-palate and finish, as well as spectacular purity and palate presence. Consume it now and over the next 15-20 years. (RP)" (12/2000) 92 points Wine Spectator: "Bright, rich and focused on a core of juicy black ...Read More » 


Inventory: Main Warehouse San Francisco

Price: $2,999.99 Add To Cart
RP 94 WS 92 ST 91

1998 Haut-Bailly, Pessac-Léognan (5L)

94 points Vinous: "The 1998 Haut Bailly has been a great wine that coincided with the château’s acquisition by the late Bob Wilmers. It has a sublime bouquet with blackberry, boysenberry, crushed stone and hints of violet. After twenty years it is still so youthful. The palate is medium-bodied with slightly firm tannin at the beginning, plenty of tarry black fruit, well judged acidity and a finish that to be honest, is not a million miles away from the 1998 Haut-Brion in style. You can see this continuing to evolve for another two decades without difficu ...Read More » 


Inventory: Redwood City


1998 Raymond-Lafon, Sauternes (375ml) Back In Stock!
1998 Raymond-Lafon, Sauternes (375ml)

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." The estate of Raymond-Lafon fell into neglect, and it was not until 1972 that Pierre Meslier, the manager of Yquem, purchased this vineyard and began to rebuild this wine's once fabulous reputation. With a tiny yield of 9 hectoliters per hectare (even less than Y ...Read More » 


Inventory: Main Warehouse

Price: $39.99 Add To Cart

1998 Mouton-Rothschild, Pauillac
Bid on this 3-bottle lot of 1998 Mouton-Rothschild, Pauillac (97RP, 94W&S, 93VN, 91JS, 91WS). Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Composed of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc, the 1998 Mouton Rothschild is deep garnet-brick in color with lovely crème de cassis, dried roses, hoisin and baking spice notes with underlying notions of dried cherries and mulberries plus touches of wood smoke, incense and forest floor. Medium to full-bodied and packed with rich fruit framed by firm, chewy tannins, it is stacked with complex, evolving flavors and finishes with incredibly long-lasting perfumed notes. According to winemaker Philippe Dhalluin, this needs about three hours of decanting at this stage. I simply love the place this wine is in right now, possessing plenty of mature, tertiary characters yet still sporting bags of fruit. It won’t be fading anytime soon either and should cellar nicely for 20-25+ more years. (LPB)" (05/2018) 

This lot contains the following items:
1998 Mouton-Rothschild, Pauillac (qty: 3)


End Date: Jan 20 2019 4:00PM PT


1998 Pride Mountain Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Bid on this 2-bottle lot of 1998 Pride Mountain Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (93WS, 90RP, 90VN). Wine Spectator: "Deliciously ripe and complex, overflowing with layers of exotic spice, mineral, sage, currant and blackberry, and finishing with a burst of flavor. Tannins are well-integrated. (JL)" (12/2000) 

This lot contains the following items:
1998 Pride Mountain Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (qty: 2)


End Date: Jan 24 2019 9:30AM PT

Current Bid: $80.00
Place Bid
WS 93 RP 90 VN 90

1998 Bartolo Mascarello Barolo
Bid on this bottle of 1998 Bartolo Mascarello Barolo (93JG, 93ST, 92VN). Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Healthy medium red with a pale rim. Powerful redcurrant, camphor and mint aromas, with some dried flower high tones. Very ripe and rich but uncompromisingly dry and youthfully aggressive, with strong acidity and powerful structure. Hiding its density today. Finishes bright and firmly tannic, with captivating licorice and raspberry notes. This already displays a broad range of Barolo perfumes. (ST) 93+" (11/2002) 

This lot contains the following items:
1998 Bartolo Mascarello Barolo (qty: 1)


End Date: Jan 23 2019 12:30PM PT

Current Bid: $140.00
Place Bid
JG 93 ST 93 VN 92

1998 Lafite-Rothschild, Pauillac
Bid on this bottle of 1998 Lafite-Rothschild, Pauillac (96RP, 95WS, 94DC, 94ST). Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A blend of 81% Cabernet Sauvignon and 19% Merlot, the 1998 Lafite Rothschild is deep garnet with a hint of brick and gorgeous notions of sandalwood, crème de cassis, smoked meats, black pepper and garrigue with touches of chargrill, dried herbs and mincemeat pie. Medium-bodied, soft and plush on the palate, it has tons of mouth-filling savory and plum preserves flavors and a very long, savory finish. Delicious now, it should keep for 15-20 more years. (LPB)" (05/2018) 

This lot contains the following items:
1998 Lafite-Rothschild, Pauillac (qty: 1)


End Date: Jan 23 2019 6:30PM PT


1998 Dunn Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L)
Bid on this 2-magnum lot of 1998 Dunn Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L) (90ST). Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright ruby-red. Aromas of cassis, licorice, graphite and game. Dense, supple and rich in extract; juicy flavors of cassis and licorice. Offers impressive texture for the vintage, but comes across as distinctly less sweet than the Howell Mountain bottling. Finishes with very good length and ripe, fairly substantial tannins that grew slightly dry with aeration. (ST)" (11/2001) 

This lot contains the following items:
1998 Dunn Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5L) (qty: 2)


End Date: Jan 23 2019 10:00AM PT

Current Bid: $240.00
Place Bid
ST 90

1998 Ridge Vineyards "Monte Bello" Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet Sauvignon
Bid on this 3-bottle lot of 1998 Ridge Vineyards "Monte Bello" Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet Sauvignon. Wine Spectator: "Elegant and spicy, mature and medium-bodied. Fading a bit, but still enjoyable, with dried currant and black cherry fruit joined by shades of anise and fresh earth. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, and Cabernet Franc. (web only, 2009) (JL)" 

This lot contains the following items:
1998 Ridge Vineyards "Monte Bello" Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet Sauvignon (qty: 3)


End Date: Jan 19 2019 4:00PM PT

Current Bid: $435.00
Place Bid

1998 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage
Bid on this 3-bottle lot of 1998 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage (96JD, 95RP, 95WE, 94VN, 93WS). Jeb Dunnuck: "The 1998 Hermitage is the granite influenced vintage and offered an ethereal, elegant, almost Burgundian style in its dried earth, mineral, and sweet cherry and currant-scented personality. It’s fully mature and as elegant and seamless as it gets. " (11/2017) 

This lot contains the following items:
1998 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage (qty: 3)


End Date: Jan 22 2019 5:30PM PT


1998 Mommessin Clos de Tart Grand Cru
Bid on this 2-bottle lot of 1998 Mommessin Clos de Tart Grand Cru (95ST, 93BH, 93WS). Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright ruby. Highly complex nose melds black raspberry, Indian spices, gunflint, tar and smoky oak; seemed to grow fresher and more vibrant with aeration. Dense, thick and highly concentrated, with brilliantly defined but still rather backward fruit flavors. Finishes with great length and extremely fine tannins that dust the entire mouth. (ST) 95+" (03/2001) 

This lot contains the following items:
1998 Mommessin Clos de Tart Grand Cru (qty: 2)


End Date: Jan 21 2019 4:00PM PT

Current Bid: $645.00
Place Bid
ST 95 BH 93 WS 93

1998 Joseph Phelps "Insignia" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend
Bid on this bottle of 1998 Joseph Phelps "Insignia" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend (92RP, 92WS, 91VN). Wine Spectator: "Mature, rich and concentrated, this is pleasantly earthy, with mineral-laced currant, dried berry, anise and sage flavors that are complex, balanced and supported by firm, dry tannins. (JL, Web Only-2009)" 

This lot contains the following items:
1998 Joseph Phelps "Insignia" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend (qty: 1)


End Date: Jan 23 2019 1:30PM PT

Current Bid: $120.00
Place Bid
RP 92 WS 92 VN 91

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