International Wine Cellar
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 84
Bright ruby-red. Lively aromas of boysenberry, cassis, bitter chocolate, violet and mint. Juicy, firm and bright for the vintage, with none of the roasted character shown by so many '96 cabernets. Alluring sweetness in the middle palate. Finishes with firm but graceful tannins.
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Author: Robert Parker
The medium-bodied 1996 Cabernet Sauvignon displays some of the attractive gravelly notes often found in this wine, along with black currant fruit, lavender, subtle oak, sweet tannin for the vintage, and a well-balanced, pure finish.
Author: James Laube
At first there's a standoff between drying herb and currant flavors and firm, vibrant tannins. In the end, the flavors and structure compliment each other, making this a complex, satisfying wine that's aging nicely. The best of three bottles.--1996 California Cabernet retrospective.
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 12/16/2012
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Tasted On: 10/01/2011
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Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 08/07/2011
Site Blog: mac_h
amazing wine: fruit, silky mouth, impressive structure, incredible stamina
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 03/20/2010
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 11/26/2009
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