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Date Printed: 12/25/2014
Beringer Howell Mountain Bancroft Ranch Merlot 2001
Beringer Howell Mountain Bancroft Ranch Merlot 2001
(search item no. 82720)
collectible wine

Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 12/25/2014: $99.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2002 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1997 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
1997 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
1997 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
1996 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
1995 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1995 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
1994 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
1993 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points

Winemaker's Notes:

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 leather. Ive found that these flavors become more pronounced as the wine ages and evolves, which makes me eager to monitor this vintage well into the next century. -Ed Sbragia, Winemaster
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About Beringer Vineyards:

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 Emeritus Ed Sbragia and Winemaker Laurie Hook. Together, they craft Napa Valley wines that speak eloquently of the rich heritage of the Beringer Vineyard, while offering cutting-edge quality and contemporary elegance. The exquisite wines crafted at the Beringer Vineyards display a single minded dedication and pursuit of excellence instilled by its founder, Jacob Beringer.