Vintage 2014
Wine Type Red
Varietal Merlot
Region Napa Valley
Winemaker Mark Beringer

Beringer’s Bancroft Ranch vineyard is located at an elevation of 1,800 feet on Howell Mountain, a growing area with well-drained volcanic soils. In 1984, Howell Mountain became the first area within the Napa Valley appellation to be declared a separate viticultural area (AVA) for the distinct characteristics of its wine grapes and now it is home to several of Napa Valley’s most famous wines. Bancroft Ranch produces clusters with small berries whose high skin-to-fruit ratio results in well-structured wines with concentrated flavors.

Exclusive Napa Valley Merlot. This 93 point wine pairs well with turkey, ham, and beef alike, making it the perfect addition to any holiday table. Only available from Beringer Vineyards. Limited availability.

93 Points, Wine Advocate

"There are just over 1,000 cases of the 2014 Merlot Bancroft Ranch, one of the iconic vineyards of Beringer, high in white volcanic ash on Howell Mountain. This is classic Merlot. With its thick, juicy, succulent texture and loads of berry fruit interwoven with mocha and black chocolate, it is a fat, juicy, hedonistic pleasure bomb. Drink it over the next decade.” - Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, December 2016

Tasting Notes

This Merlot opens with aromas of ripe red-berry fruit, mocha, espresso and toasted spice. A core of rich red and blue fruit is the foundation of this complex, well-structured wine. The wine’s developed tannins and solid structure along with depth of flavor concentration make this a favorite.

Vintage Notes

2014 was a dream vintage for the Napa Valley along the lines of the recent outstanding vintages of 2012 and 2013. Although California’s drought brought another dry winter, the growing season started with a warm, dry spring and relatively early bud break.

Vineyard Notes

Beringer’s Bancroft Ranch vineyard is located at an elevation of 1,800 feet on Howell Mountain, a growing area with well-drained volcanic soils.  In 1984, Howell Mountain became the first area within the Napa Valley appellation to be declared a separate viticultural area (AVA) for the distinct characteristics of its wine grapes and now it is home to several of Napa Valley’s most famous wines.  Bancroft Ranch produces clusters with small berries whose high skin-to-fruit ratio results in well-structured wines with concentrated flavors. 

Winemaking Notes

The lots remained separate through fermentation and aging to retain the individual terroir characteristics of each vineyard section. After gentle crushing and destemming, the juice and skins were sent to small fermentors where color, flavors and tannins were slowly extracted from the skins as vinification progressed. Aged in custom-toasted French Nevers oak barrels (53% new) for 21 months permits the big, Cabernet-like tannins of the Howell Mountain Merlot time to soften, and the barrel aromas to be well-integrated with the ripe fruit characteristics of the wine. Small percentages of Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon were added upon blending, to elongate the finish and add additional complexities to the blend.

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CHRISTMAS

Estimated Delivery: Friday, December 21

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Estimated Delivery: Friday, December 28

Last Day for Ground Shipping (non-California) - Monday, December 17th
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