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The Top 10 Wines of 1996


Posted: January 17, 2002

Wine of the Year 1996

Beringer Chardonnay Napa Valley Private Reserve 1994

Ripe, rich, intense and deeply concentrated, packing in tiers of ripe pear, honey, hazelnut and butterscotch. An altogether complex and wonderfully crafted Chardonnay that's long and flavorful on the finish.


* All prices listed are release prices only.

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The 1996 Top 10
Rank Wine Score Price
#1 BERINGER Chardonnay Napa Valley Private Reserve 1994 95 $20
#2 GROTH Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Reserve 1992 98 $70
#3 CHALK HILL Chardonnay Chalk Hill 1994 93 $20
#4 HENSCHKE Shiraz-Cabernet-Malbec Eden Valley/Barossa Valley Keyneton Estate 1993 93 $22
#5 SHAFER Chardonnay Napa Valley Carneros Red Shoulder Ranch 1994 93 $23
#6 KUMEU RIVER Chardonnay Kumeu 1994 93 $29
#7 LINDEMANS Chardonnay Padthaway 1994 92 $13
#8 GALLO OF SONOMA Chardonnay Russian River Valley Laguna Ranch Vineyard 1994 92 $16
#9 ALAIN GRAILLOT Crozes-Hermitage 1994 92 $15
#10 ARROWOOD Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma County 1993 92 $27

1988 | 1989 | 1990 | 1991 | 1992 | 1993 | 1994 | 1995 | 1996 | 1997 | 1998 | 1999 | 2000

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