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Beringer Howell Mountain Bancroft Ranch Merlot 2012

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750ML / 15.2% ABV
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750ML / 15.2% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Aromas of ripe blue fruits and nutmeg. Plush tannins, a distinctly robust structure and complexity make this an extraordinary example of this varietal.

Critical Acclaim

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WS 92
Wine Spectator
Rich and boldly structured, with black cherry and toasted spice aromas leading to flavors of currant, sweet anise and toffee that combine depth and polish. The tannins are big but ripe. Drink now through 2022.
RP 90
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2012 Merlot Bancroft Ranch from Howell Mountain includes small amounts of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, but it reveals such classic Merlot characteristics as mocha, white chocolate, black cherries and plums. Dense, plush, soft, hedonistic and complex, it can be drunk over the next 7-8 years.
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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 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.

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Today Cabernet Sauvignon is the star of this part of Napa’s rugged, eastern hills, but Zinfandel was responsible for giving the Howell Mountain growing area its original fame in the late 1800s.

Winemaking in Howell Mountain was abandoned during Prohibition, and wasn’t reawakened until the arrival of Randy Dunn, a talented winemaker famous for the success of Caymus in the 1970s and 1980s. In the early eighties, he set his sights on the Napa hills and subsequently astonished the wine world with a Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon. Shortly thereafter Howell Mountain became officially recognized as the first sub-region of Napa Valley (1983).

With vineyards at 1,400 to 2,000 feet in elevation, they predominantly sit above the fog line but the days in Howell Mountain remain cooler than those in the heart of the valley, giving the grapes a bit more time on the vine.

The Howell Mountain AVA includes 1,000 acres of vineyards interspersed by forestlands in the Vaca Mountains. The soils, shallow and infertile with good drainage, are volcanic ash and red clay and produce highly concentrated berries with thick skins. The resulting wines are full of structure and potential to age.

Today Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petite Sirah thrive in this sub-appellation, as well as its founding variety, Zinfandel.

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