Beringer Vineyards Bancroft Ranch Vineyard Merlot 1996

$67.95

The wine boasts a saturated purple color, as well as an exquisite nose of brandy-infused black cherries intermixed with melted chocolate. Dense and full-bodied, with striking sweetness and purity, this full-bodied, multi-layered Merlot has developed beautifully. Although it will benefit from another 4-5 years of bottle age, it can be drunk now, or cellared. It will keep for 15 years. Beringer does a superb job with its production from the Bancroft Ranch on Howell Mountain. About 8,000 cases of their single vineyard Merlot are produced. The wine spends 20 months in French oak coopered by the well-known house of Seguin-Moreau. Robert Parker

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Ratings on Delectable

JKT

A lovely mature wine. Nose of plums and secondary notes with stones and minerals and a bit of heat. Balanced on palate with primary fruits receded but lively still and good length. 14.1 ABV. Paired so well with Asian style short ribs. Good Acker auction buy again.

A lovely mature wine. Nose of plums and secondary notes with stones and minerals and a bit of heat. Balanced on palate with primary fruits receded but lively still and good length. 14.1 ABV. Paired so well with Asian style short ribs. Good Acker auction buy again.

9.1

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