Beringer Howell Mountain Bancroft Ranch Merlot 1995 Front Label
Beringer Howell Mountain Bancroft Ranch Merlot 1995 Front Label

Beringer Howell Mountain Bancroft Ranch Merlot 1995

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Winemaker 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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WS 92
Wine Spectator
Aromas of earth, clay and currant turn rich and loamy on the palate. This is a dense, concentrated young wine that either needs decanting or a little more cellar time. On the finish it reveals a rich core of cherry and currant, finishing with muscular tannins.
RP 91
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 1995 Merlot Bancroft Ranch exhibits an opaque ruby/purple color, followed by a stunning nose of chocolate, minerals, black cherries, and toast. A serious, mountain-styled Merlot, it displays full body, outstanding concentration and purity, and moderate tannin. It needs to be cellared for another 2-3 years, but will last 15 years.
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