When looking for that perfect 1996 Wine and Port we can provide advice to ensure that the Wine and Port you select from 1996 is the very best vintage Wine and Port for your needs.
You can browse our selection of 1996 Wine and Ports at our site 1996 wine, or take a look at our description here of the 1996 vintage to learn about the Wine and Port characteristics from 1996's season. Also check out our selection of 1996's highly recommended Wine and Ports from our online vintage Wine and Port portfolio.
Our 1996 Wine and Ports can be delivered direct anywhere in the UK. For a small additional charge, the Wine and Port can be packaged in a beautiful, silk-lined wooden presentation box with tasting notes and a personalised message.
Although 1996 was one of the wettest years for port on record, the Douro region produced a large, abundant crop. The year was not declared as a Vintage, however a few good port wines were produced which are noted for being fruity and forward.
1996 was an outstanding vintage for Italian wines. In Piedmont, tricky weather all summer yielded to a period of hot and dry weather from mid-September through to mid-October. This enabled the late-ripening Nebbiolo to achieve a classic balance between fruit and structure. The best Barolos and Barbarescos are substantial on the palate and give every indication of a long life ahead, offering a superlative drinking experience if kept well. Like Piedmont, Tuscany had a cooler than average summer and this enabled a long, slow ripening of the grapes. The wines are richly aromatic, deeply coloured and abundantly fruity - making them brilliant 23 year old wine gifts for a birthday or anniversary.
The 1996 vintage produced exceptional wines that broke all price records (until the 2000 vintage). The top wines reached full maturity a decade ago, but will keep for many more years.