first of all, congrats!! Lots of exciting new job stuff happening to SF people!don't go out of your way to find another vintage. At the end of the day, Salon is going to be outstanding. Yes, '96 is epic, but you'll pay dearly for it. Buy from the store that has the best storage conditions.also, don't rule out other heavyweights like DP Rose and DP Oeno. I've been lucky enough to try a few vintages of these, and they are truly outstanding.