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Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 84
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.
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Author: Jancis Robinson
Very deep crimson with hardly any age at the rim. Mellow, scented nose and very sweet on the palate. No excess tannins at all, just very fine bone structure and good refined flesh in between. Rather a biddable Forts that is lighter and friendlier than many. Even a certain delicacy...! Tannins hidden on the finish.
Author: Robert Parker
The dense ruby/purple-colored 1996 Les Forts de Latour is exceedingly tannic, with cassis and mushroom-like notes in the aromatics. This full-bodied wine is impressively constituted and one of the finest Forts de Latours of the last two decades.
Author: James Suckling
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.
Trust Rating: 94
Tasted On: 08/29/2009
1 hour in decanter. wonderful performance. Ruby in color. Low rim variation. Medium rim variation. Slow legs. Fast legs. Gooseberry, Mineral, very good! Light/Medium bodied. Smooth texture. Medium finish.
Trust Rating: 93
Tasted On: 02/27/2010
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 02/03/2010
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 04/25/2009
Drink Dates: 2009
I would drink this now if you have it. It definitely could get a bit more "earthy" and subdued, but it still has some fruit on it now. It's got some earth, cranberry, leather, cloves and a bit of orange on the back end.
Last time I had this was 2006. I'm glad I decided to open it now - it's developed and evolved a lot over the last 3 yearrs.
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 03/01/2004
Drink Dates: 2004-2011
Much more mature in color than the '99 or 2000 Les Forts. A strong, sharp, but full very herbal nose with plenty of rounded oak and green bell peppers. The bell peppers are intriguing and much more attractive then bell pepper characteristics that come through from, say, under ripe Sonoma Cabernets. Starts off very sharp in the mouth but the sharpness fades fast leaving elegant somewhat liquide dark fruit flavors. Excellent length with moderate tannins.
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