Wine Spectator | Rating: 92Rich 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.Author: Tim Fish
Wine Advocate | Rating: 90The 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.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
- 31 bottles owned
- 8 collectors