Beringer Howell Mountain Bancroft Ranch Merlot 2002

Merlot from Napa Valley, California

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Item No. 91440
  • red wine
  • collectible wine
  • WN94
  • ST92
  • RP90
Ratings Pedigree:
  • 1995
  • WS92
  • RP91
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Winemaker's Notes

Cedar spice, vanilla and smoky toffee aromas from the barrels integrate well with the sweet dark plum, cassis, cola berry, minty and earthy characteristics from the grapes. The Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc bring a black cherry accent to the nose and elongate the finish which showcases hints of black licorice and coffee.

Critical Acclaim

"Vibrant intense aromas of mocha and wild blackberry, accented by subtle notes of cedar, cherry cola and brown spice. Densely textured with medium-full tannins; muscular, hedonistically rich and saturated with ripe blackberry-black cherry fruit. At once massive and powerful, yet focused and nearly graceful."
94 Points

"Good medium ruby. Aromas of plum, dark raspberry and chocolate; slightly liqueur-like. Then, fat, full and sweet in the mouth, with concentrated dark fruit and licorice flavors. Finishes with substantial dusty tannins and excellent length. This, too, needs time."
92 Points

"The single-vineyard bottling, the 2002 Merlot Bancroft Ranch, shows mocha-infused white chocolate, black cherry, and currant fruit with a hint of minerality and underbrush. Deep, full-bodied, rather rich, but overlaid by some serious structure and tannin, this is a relatively big styled Merlot that should age handsomely for 12 or more years."
90 Points

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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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Learn About Napa Valley

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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Learn About Merlot

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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