Vintage 2013
Wine Type Red
Varietal Merlot
Region Napa Valley
Winemaker Mark Beringer

 Bancroft Ranch sits on top of Howell Mountain at an elevation of 1770 feet, over rolling hills and well-drained white volcanic ash soils with a rock underlay. The Merlot vines from this distinctive site produce bunches of small, intensely concentrated fruit, resulting in a wine with great depth and structure.

93 Points, Wine Advocate

“One of Napa’s finest Merlots is the 2013 Merlot Bancroft Ranch from Howell Mountain. A blockbuster Merlot with a dense purple color, a big sweet kiss of mocha, coffee bean, black cherry and blackcurrant fruit, it is rich and opulent, with a sumptuous texture, terrific purity, and moderately high tannins. Drink this big, savory, exuberant and mouthfilling Merlot over the next 12-15 years.” - Robert Parker, March 3, 2016

92 Points - Wine Spectator

"Rich 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. Drink now through 2022." - Tim Fish, November 30, 2015

Vineyard Notes

Bancroft Ranch produces clusters with small berries whose high skin-to-fruit ratio results in well-structured wines with concentrated flavors. The flavors are further enhanced by the climate: the vineyard is about 5 to 10 degrees cooler than the valley floor but experiences more hours of sunshine over the course of a day because it is above the fog belt. This allows for both extended hang time and slow, even flavor development. Beringer has been making a vineyard-designated Bancroft Ranch Merlot since the 1987 vintage, and both the vineyard and the relationship with the Bancroft family are deeply special to Winemaker Laurie Hook and her team.