1996 Beringer - Merlot Bancroft Ranch (Private Reserve) 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Advocate | Rating: 93

The 1996 Merlot Bancroft Ranch was showing much better when I tasted it this year than it did eleven months earlier. 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.

Drink Dates: 1998-2013
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 120

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92

Impressive deep ruby. Slightly jammy aromas of cassis, licorice, dark chocolate and smoky, toasty oak. Sweet, dense and supple; fresh for the vintage. The ripe tannins hit the palate quite late.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 84

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Jancis Robinson | Rating: 18

Full-on opulence with no shortage of sweet fruit but structure as well. This is expressive Merlot, has always been one of Beringer's trump cards and has a way to go.

Drink Dates: 2002-2005
Author: Jancis Robinson


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Wine Spectator | Rating: 88

Supple and well proportioned, with earthy currant, cedar, spice, coffee and anise flavors, turning elegant and polished on the finish. 7,000 cases made.

Drink Dates: 1999-2006
Author: James Laube


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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 91
Author: Adriel L
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 10/04/2009
Earthy sandy tones. Medium finish. Soft black fruit.

Average rating: 91, based on 5 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

362 bottles owned by 146 collectors.

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About This Producer


Beringer Vineyards is the oldest continuously operating winery in the Napa Valley. In 2001, the estate was placed on the National Register for Historic Places as a Historic District. Jacob Beringer's foresight in recognizing the quality and potential of grape growing in the Napa Valley is part of the living heritage of Beringer Vineyards . With the present use of state-of-the-art technology applied to age-old traditions, Beringer Vineyards' wines continue to reflect a single-minded dedication to the making of memorable wines from great Napa Valley vineyards.

Wine Varietal: Merlot


Merlot shares many of the same profile descriptors as Cabernet Sauvignon including plum, blackberry, chocolate and mocha. Bordeaux's Right Bank, such as in Pomerol and St.-Emilion, is the traditional home to this red grape, but it is grown all over the world. Merlot is either bottled on its own or is blended with other red grapes.

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