"Our 1999 Private Reserve Howell Mountain Merlot from Bancroft Ranch has a nice, bright color and supple texture. There's a cobbler-like mix of sweet plum, cinnamon, clove, berries and orange rind aromas and flavors - all sort of elegantly entangled as opposed to explosive. It seems to play on all parts of the palate with long, lingering impressions that are delicious. I love a wine that is as interesting to contemplate as it is to enjoy."
- Ed Sbragia, Winemaker