Wine Spectator | Rating: 92Aromas 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.--1995 California Cabernet retrospective. 200 cases made.Author: James Laube
International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92Good deep ruby-red. Cassis, dark berries and dark chocolate on the nose, plus hints of coffee and cinnamon. Smooth, supple and intensely flavored; suave and sweet. Finishes with tongue-coating but rather soft tannins and palate-staining, expanding fruit flavor.Author: Stephen TanzerIssue: May/June 1999
Wine Advocate | Rating: 91The 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.Author: Robert Parker
California is the heartland of wine production in the US, and the state that brought prestige to American wine thanks to the pioneers who built early wineries like , , , and in the 1800s. Its large geographic area ensures a great diversity in growing sites, varieties grown, and quality levels. Generalizations about the state's wines have numerous exceptions; however, a few key facts generally hold true—ample sunshine, dry weather during the growing season, and moderate winters prevail. and continue to dominate the state's production—albeit in continually smaller percentages, as growers continue to diversify. More than 100 different varieties can be found throughout the state.
Collector Data For This Wine
- 146 bottles owned
- 54 collectors