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1999 Beringer Merlot Howell Mountain Bancroft Ranch Private Reserve
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1999 Beringer Merlot Howell Mountain Bancroft Ranch Private Reserve

Wine Description

Bancroft Ranch Merlot has a quality I can only describe as all-around richness. Unlike some Merlots I've tasted, the wine from Bancroft has no hole in the middle. It delivers a consistent message from the first waft of its characteristic aromas through its long finish. I think this richness comes mostly from the concentrated blackberry and blueberry flavors but also partly from a kind of earthy quality typical of the vineyard. Underlying these flavors are more subtle notes of anise, tobacco and l...

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Bancroft Ranch Merlot has a quality I can only describe as all-around richness. Unlike some Merlots I've tasted, the wine from Bancroft has no hole in the middle. It delivers a consistent message from the first waft of its characteristic aromas through its long finish. I think this richness comes mostly from the concentrated blackberry and blueberry flavors but also partly from a kind of earthy quality typical of the vineyard. Underlying these flavors are more subtle notes of anise, tobacco and l...

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  • Wine Spectator
    Rating: 89/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 07/31/03
  • Vintage Chart
    Rating for United States-California: 88 (average year)

    Drinkability: too young, let it sit