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1997 Beringer - Merlot Bancroft Ranch 750ml
1997 Beringer - Merlot Bancroft Ranch
USA - California - Napa - Howell Mountain
Red / Merlot
1997 Beringer - Merlot Bancroft Ranch
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Professional Reviews

IWC
91(+?)

International Wine Cellar Author: Stephen Tanzer Issue: Issue 96

Deep ruby-red. Cassis, redcurrant, lead pencil, tobacco, bitter chocolate, leather and menthol on the nose. Supple, broad and fleshy initially, then seemed to shut down in the glass. Not currently showing the intensity it displayed a year ago from barrel but this wine is in a dumb phase right now. Finishes with big, chewy, ripe tannins and excellent persistence. Will almost certainly merit a higher score in two or three years.

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WA
92

Wine Advocate Author: Robert Parker Issue: 132

The 1997 Merlot Bancroft Ranch (100% new oak) is a dense, full-bodied effort exhibiting black cherry liqueur, chocolate, mineral, and lead pencil aromas and flavors. Fleshy, full-bodied, and chewy, it will be undeniably seductive upon release. It should drink well for 15+ years.

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WS
93

Wine Spectator Author: James Laube

Quite rich and flavorful, with layers of currant, black cherry, anise, cedar and toasty vanilla-scented notes, finishing long and detailed. 7,500 cases made.

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Community Reviews

89

RickF Trust Rating: 94 Tasted On: 12/31/2011

85

Dionysus Trust Rating: 100 Tasted On: 01/23/2009

Garnet in color. Medium rim variation. Medium legs. Blackberry, Dust, Medium Toast. Medium bodied. Round texture. Short finish.

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