(From 2006 Vintage) Bancroft Ranch consistently produces grapes with amazing concentration of flavors, tannins and structure. Howell Mountain Merlot is an exceptionally complex wine, full of espresso and dark cherry aromas that lead into a rich ripe black fruit flavors with hints of cedar and orange rind, brown spice and mint. It has tremendous body, complex layers of black fruit, and a supple, lingering finish.
(From 1997 Vintage) It comes being able to pick the fruit when the tannins are as mature as the grapes, and then letting both evolve in the right kind of barrel at the right level of toast. I love the way this wine tastes now-mouthfilling and full of ripe fruit, assertive and yet soft as velvet, all at same time.
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Robert Parker(From 1996 Vintage) Rating: 93/100 - As reviewed by The Wine Advocate in Issue 120
Wine Advocate(From 1996 Vintage) Rating: (90-91) - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 114 on Dec-97
Wine Enthusiast(From 1996 Vintage) Rating: 92/100 - As reviewed by Wine Enthusiast
Robert Parker(From 1997 Vintage) Rating: 92/100 - As reviewed by The Wine Advocate in Issue 132
Wine Advocate(From 2004 Vintage) Rating: (87-89) - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 168 on Dec-06