Vintage 2013
Wine Type Red
Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
Region Napa Valley
Winemaker Mark Beringer
Howell Mountain rises just to the northeast of Beringer’s winery in St. Helena, and Bancroft Ranch lies at an elevation of 1,800 feet on the western slope of the mountain. The vines produce small, intensely flavored berries with powerful, concentrated fruit flavors and thick skins that yield robust tannins. Bancroft’s forward fruit demonstrates the classic Cabernet flavor of ripe, sweet black currant. The 2013 Bancroft Ranch was harvested on October 15th and was aged for 20 months in 83% new French oak barrels.

Vintage Notes

The 2013 vintage began with a warm, dry spring and relatively early bud break. Summer was notably consistent with even, warm temperatures throughout. Harvest began quite early in August, and by September the majority of whites and lighter reds were completely off the vines. Cool yet sunny weather in October allowed the final grapes on the vine to linger and develop great phenolic and flavor maturities while maintaining steady sugar levels. Overall, it was a high quality crop that was above average in quantity.

93 Points, Wine Advocate

"The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Bancroft Ranch was outstanding, but suffered in comparison to some of the other cuvées. They all can be approached early on (3-4 years), but will age for 25+ years." - Robert Parker, Wine Advocate

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