Beringer Merlot Howell Mountain Bancroft Ranch Private Reserve
16 Ratings
Detail
16 Ratings
Beringer Merlot Howell Mountain Bancroft Ranch Private Reserve

Wine Details

Varietal

Merlot

Style

Red

Wine Description

(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.

Winemaker's Notes

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...

Varietal

Merlot

Style

Red

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...

Expert Reviews
  • Wine Spectator
    Rating: 89/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 07/31/03