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18 Ratings
Beringer Merlot Howell Mountain Bancroft Ranch Private Reserve

Wine Details

Varietal

Merlot

Style

Red

Wine Description

(1999 Vintage) 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
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  • Wine Spectator
    (1998 Vintage) Rating: 88/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 09/30/01
  • Wine Advocate
    (2003 Vintage) Rating: 89/100 - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 168 on Dec-06
  • Robert Parker
    (2003 Vintage) Rating: 89/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 12/01/2006
  • Wine Spectator
    (2000 Vintage) Rating: 88/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 09/30/03
  • Wine Advocate
    (2004 Vintage) Rating: (87-89) - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 168 on Dec-06