2016 BERINGER BANCROFT RANCH VINEYARD HOWELL MOUNTAIN MERLOT
Bancroft Ranch Vineyard is planted over well-drained white tufa volcanic soils that, in conjunction with the climate at 1800 feet on Howell Mountain, produce powerfully concentrated fruit. The winery has been making a single-vineyard Merlot from Bancroft Ranch since 1987. The 2016 vintage is 100% Merlot and has more body than many Cabernets. It spends 20 months in barrel, allowing the Howell Mountain tannins to soften and the wine to become incredibly inviting, hedonistic and memorable.
★ I highly recommend this 100% Howell Mountain Red for under $80/btl, especially for fans of high-end Napa Cab (you will be amazed), it easily compares to $120-$150 bottles. Attention Collectors of the Best Howell Mountain Wines, this is for you too! I believe it will be showing perfectly right around the Holidays, your guests will love it, and you can enjoy for the next 7-10 years.
BANCROFT RANCH VINEYARD
NAPA VALLEY, ultra-limited
Retails at: $90-$110/btl
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Winery Notes, “Distinctive, even decadent, this full-bodied plush wine is well-structured and balanced with complex aromas and flavors of dark fruits, milk chocolate, black cherry and licorice accented with herbal notes and baking spices. Soft but potent, it delivers a memorable, spicy finish.”
Tasting Notes from Jeb Dunnuck, “I loved the 2016 Merlot Bancroft Ranch, which ranks with the finest expressions of Merlot out there. Brought up in 50% new barrels, it reminds me of a top Pomerol with its ripe black cherry, chocolate, tobacco, and graphite aromas and flavors. With full-bodied richness, good acidity, and outstanding balance, drink it any time over the coming 10-15 years.” JEB DUNNUCK 95 POINTS
Tasting Notes from James Suckling, “This is a chewy and flavorful wine with lots of juicy fruit and firm, chewy tannins. Full-bodied, rich and flavorful. Very structured and powerful…” JAMES SUCKLING 95 POINTS
★ LIMITED SINGLE VINEYARD from HOWELL MOUNTAIN (2016 NAPA VALLEY NEW RELEASE!)