Beringer Howell Mountain Bancroft Ranch Merlot 1995

Merlot from Napa Valley, California

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Item No. 1821
  • red wine
  • collectible wine
  • WS92
  • RP91
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Winemaker's Notes

The black fruit and berry flavors in this Merlot are so rich and ripe that it could almost fool you into thinking it was a Cabernet, but there is a haunting difference --- a note of licorice or anise that identifies it immediately for me as Bancroft Ranch Merlot. A wine should have a signature, a consistency of style that identifies it while allowing for the variations that are inevitable and fascinating from vintage to vintage. In this 1995 vintage, the texture is almost chewy but supple, a characteristic I love in Merlot. The flavor is big but layered --- those dark berries, the anise backed up by some mint and cedar, and the sweet, toasty oak --- so that you want to taste it again and again to explore everything that's going on in the wine.

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No winery or vineyard more thoroughly embodies the timeless appeal and seductive flavor of Napa Valley than Beringer Vineyards, Napa's benchmark producer since the establishment of the vineyard in 1876. Now in its third century of crafting classic wines from Napa's finest appellations and vineyards, Beringer today is guided by the inspired partnership of celebrated Winemaster...

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It's hard not to think of Napa Valley when thinking of California wines. The region is, after all, the one that brought world recognition to California wine making. The area was settled by a few choice wine families in the 1960's who bet that the wines of the area would grow and flourish. They were right. The Napa wine industry really took off in the 1980's, when vineyard...

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Merlot(mehr-LOW) No second fiddle Merlot is coming back into its own. High popularity led to mass production, which then led to a backlash towards the variety (remember Miles in Sideways?). But passionate Merlot producers, and of course the right bank of Bordeaux, continued to produce quality versions of this grape. Merlot remains the principle grape of top chateaux in St...

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