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  1. Montevertine Le Pergole Torte 1996 Magnum 1.5L
    VM95
    $599.98
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    95 Points! The 1996 Le Pergole Torte, from a cold, late-ripening vintage, is powerful and explosive, with a compelling interplay of ripeness, sweetness and structure. Cherry jam, wild flowers, mint, sweet spices, menthol and licorice meld together in the glass, while lavender, rose petal, quinine and a host of aromatic notes come alive on the finish. Although striking today, the 1996 will drink well for another 10-15 years, perhaps longer. Today, it is truly special. In 1996, the harvest began on October 21, exceedingly late, even for Montevertine. - Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media 2016 Learn More
  2. Cheval Blanc Saint Emilion 1996
    VM93
    $549.98
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    93 Points! Bright red. Fresh floral, white pepper, raspberry and strawberry aromas on the captivating nose, lifted by minerals and Oriental spices Very fresh, balanced and pure on the palate, with bright red berry, floral and delicately smoky plum flavors. Very cabernet franc, and very Cheval Blanc! The lively, harmonious acids keep this wine light on its feet and really extend the flavors on the back half. The long finish features a subtly spicy kick and smooth tannins. A touch more density and it would have scored even higher. The harvest took place between September 28 and October 4. - Ian d'Agata, Vinous Media, 2011 Learn More
  3. Greenock Creek Shiraz Barossa Valley Creek Block 1996
    WA96
    $99.98
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    96 Points!  The 1996 Shiraz Creek Block exhibits a dense purple color, and a spectacular nose of roasted coffee intermixed with cassis, blackberries, licorice, and spice. The wine displays amazing ripeness, an unctuous texture, full-bodied palate, and a finish that lasts for 45+ seconds. Its high alcohol and tannin are nearly concealed by the wine's amazing concentration. There are 100 cases of the Creek Block. The wine is made from 60-year old Shiraz, having 15.8% alcohol. Anticipated maturity: 2000-2020. Although few readers will have a chance to try this wine, its name is worth knowing as it is among the world's finest Shiraz. Anticipated maturity: 2002-2025. - Robert Parker, robertparker.com, 1999
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  4. Vietti Barolo Rocche 1996
    VM94
    $179.98
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    94 Points!  The mid to late 1990s were a period of considerable change in Piedmont, as the differences between traditional and more modern-leaning producers were especially marked during this time. The 1996 Barolo Rocche is dark, virile and imposing, all signatures of this super-classic vintage. Rose petal and tar notes give the 1996 much of its captivating appeal. The 1996 is the one wine in this tasting that did not respond well to aeration. In my view, the 1996 was never as beautiful as it was when the bottles were first opened. Readers lucky enough to own the 1996 are in for a fabulous experience, although I would suggest waiting another few years for the wine to come into its prime.
     
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  5. Roberto Voerzio Barolo Brunate 1996
    WS93
    VM96
    $249.98
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    96 Points!  The 1996 Barolo Brunate has aged more gracefully than the Cerequio and has also handled its oak better. Dark red cherry, plum, smoke, licorice and sweet spices infuse the creamy, expansive finish. Dark, brooding and explosive, the 1996 Brunate is superb.
     
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  6. Paolo Scavino Barolo Bric del Fiasc 1996
    WS93
    $149.98
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    93 Points!  Gorgeous aromas of ripe raspberry, plum and roasted coconut. Full-bodied, with loads of bright fruit, fine tannins and a long, chewy finish. Already closed up; give it time. Best after 2004. - Wine Spectator
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  7. Gaja Nebbiolo Langhe Sori Tildin 1996
    VM96
    $399.98
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    96 Points!  The Sorì Tildìn is one of the best wines in this retrospective of Gaja's 1996s. Sweet floral notes, mint and sweet red cherries give the 1996 its distinctive lifted, perfumed personality, qualities that are enhanced by the wine's natural acidity. Fresh, aromatically open and also quite energetic, Sorì Tildìn is distinguished by its detail and nuance. Think of a sketch done in fine pencil.
     
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  8. Gaja Nebbiolo Langhe Sori San Lorenzo 1996
    VM98
    $399.98
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    98 Points!  Gaja's 1996 Sorì San Lorenzo is epic. A huge, towering wine, the 1996 Sorì San Lorenzo wraps around the palate with magnificent depth, power and intensity. Smoke, charcoal embers, menthol, licorice, plum, spice and gravel are all pushed forward. Sorì San Lorenzo always yields broad, virile wines. Those qualities marry perfectly with the style of the vintage to produce a vivid, memorable wine of the very highest level. Readers who own or can find the 1996 Sorì San Lorenzo should not hesitate, as it is truly thrilling from the very first taste. Wow!
     
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  9. Elio Altare Barolo Brunate 1996
    VM94
    $149.98
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    94 Points!  Altare's 1996 Barolo Brunate is just starting to have the first signs of tertiary aromatic development, although it retains a good bit of freshness as well. The Brunate is marked by its vertical sense of structure and tannic heft, but those elements are nicely balanced. Rose petal, lavender, leather and a host of darker fruit overtones all develop in a super-expressive Barolo that captures the truest essence of this great site.
     
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  10. Domenico Clerico Barolo Ciabot Mentin Ginestra 1996
    VM95
    $119.98
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    95 Points!  Domenico Clerico's 1996 Barolo Ciabot Mentin Ginestra has had a fascinating evolution. As a young wine, the 1996 Ciabot was a symbol of the times. With its bold, racy profile and explosive personality [character], it also encapsulated Domenico Clerico's outgoing personality. Today, at twenty years of age, the 1996 presents the typical flavor profile of a mature Barolo, with plenty of sweet tobacco, leather, mint, dried cherry and rose petal nuances. The new French oak (around 90% at the time) is mostly felt in the wine's tannin profile. Much of the intensity the 1996 showed as a young wine has receded. What remains is a very pretty, expressive Barolo to drink now and over the next few years.
     
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  11. Saint Pierre Saint Julien 1996
    WS90
    $84.98
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    90 points! Burly, traditional claret. Great dark color and intense aromas of black cherry and berry with hints of mineral and spice. Full-bodied, with full tannins and a sweet berry aftertaste. Very chewy. Best after 2002. - Wine Spectator, January 1999
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  12. Guigal Cote Rotie La Turque 1996
    WA95
    $389.98
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    95 Points!  The 1996 Cote Rotie La Turque possesses a dark, saturated ruby/purple color, aromas of caramel, vanillin, and smoked cherry jam, medium to full body, outstanding ripeness, a plush, surprisingly soft finish, and loads of glycerin. This effort should be drunk over the next 12-15 years. - Robert Parker, robertparker.com, 2001
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  13. Guigal Cote Rotie La Mouline 1996
    WA93
    $369.98
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    93 Points!  The 1996 Cote Rotie La Mouline possesses the highest percentage of Viognier (17-18%) Guigal has ever included in this offering. The deep ruby/purple color is accompanied by a superb bouquet of spice box, cedar, leather, honeysuckle, and jammy black fruits. It is remarkably tender and soft for a vintage that produced high acid wines. Medium-bodied, elegant, and complex, it is one of the more forward and evolved La Moulines, and thus should be drunk over the next 10-12 years. - Robert Parker, robertparker.com, 2001
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  14. La Mondotte Saint Emilion 1996
    WA97
    $299.98
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    97 Points!  An amazing wine, the 1996 La Mondotte (approximately 800 cases made from a 30-year old parcel of 100% Merlot planted on a hillside between Le Tertre-Roteboeuf and Canon La Gaffeliere) is a super-star. If readers cannot get excited by tasting the 1996, they should change beverages. It is amazing for both its appellation and the vintage, revealing a remarkable level of richness, profound concentration, and integrated tannin. The thick purple color suggests a wine of extraordinary extract and richness. This super-concentrated wine offers a spectacular nose of roasted coffee, licorice, blueberries, and black currants intermixed with smoky new oak. It possesses full body, a multidimensional, layered personality with extraordinary depth of fruit, a seamless texture, amazing viscosity, and a long, 45-second finish. The tannin is sweet and well-integrated. This blockbuster St.-Emilion should be at its best between 2006-2025. A dry, vintage port Fonseca! - Robert Parker, robertparker.com
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  15. Sociando Mallet Haut Medoc 1996 1.5L Magnum
    WS90
    WA90
    $169.98
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    90 Points!  A classic Sociando-Mallet, this wine boasts a saturated purple color, as well as an intense nose of cassis liqueur, chocolate, and minerals. Dense and medium-bodied, with outstanding purity, and high tannin, this beautifully made wine is better than many classified growths. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2020. - Robert Parker, Wine Advocate #122
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  16. Montrose Saint Estephe 1996 1.5L Magnum
    WA96
    $389.98
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    96 Points!  Tasted at the vertical in London, I have instead used the tasting note from a bottle opened at the property when I visited just a couple of weeks later. The 1996 Montrose is a blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot picked between 23 September and 6 October. It was served alongside the 1986 Montrose, however, this is a far better wine and reconfirms Robert Parker's remarks at his own vertical at the property in 2014. For me, it is that loamy character that defines the nose—freshly tilled, damp soil that tinctures the black fruit —that takes you straight to this particular château. This is classic through and through and very well defined. The palate is wonderful with very fine delineation, pitch-perfect acidity, touches of graphite infusing the red and black fruit that dovetails into a very pretty, floral finish. This is clearly one of the great wines of the 1996 vintage and I would be stocking up as much as I could, because it will give 30-40 years of pleasure. Tasted July 2016. - Neal Martin, robertparker.com
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  17. Grand Puy Lacoste Pauillac 1996
    WA91
    $129.98
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    91 Points!  The 1996 Grand-Puy-Lacoste, now at 20 years old, has a very typical bouquet for this estate: correct, linear, well defined, conservative but intense, with pencil shavings, cedar and a subtle balsam aroma. The palate is medium-bodied with a firm structure and well-judged acidity that lends this 1996 impressive focus. It is totally and unashamedly classic in style, austere compared to other Pauillacs from this vintage, the kind of gentleman's claret that should grace a dinner table. I have actually encountered slightly better bottles than this one, tasted at the property. It remains a very fine Pauillac that should drink well for 20-odd years ... just expect a little austerity and aloofness. Tasted July 2016. - Neal Martin, robertparker.com
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  18. Duhart Milon Pauillac 1996
    WA92
    $209.98
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    92 Points!  The 1996 Duhart-Milon-Rothschild is aging in wonderful fashion, to wit, a straight down the fairway Pauilliac. Now at 20 years of age, it has developed a fresh and very brine-scented bouquet with plenty of undergrowth and bell pepper aromas. You could almost imagine a bit of Loire Cabernet Franc in here! The palate is medium-bodied with a gentle grip on the entry, impressive body and backbone, likewise more than enough freshness on the structured finish laced with white pepper and bell pepper. Very classic in style, this is a Duhart for traditionalists, but I for one appreciate its style. It is drinking perfectly now but will continue to offer pleasure for another 20 years. Tasted July 2016. - Neal Martin, Wine Advocate #227
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