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.
"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."
The Wine News
"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."
International Wine Cellar
"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."
The Wine Advocate