94 Points - James Suckling
“Impressive freshness and fragrance with dark stony notes, iodine and Indian ink. Dried, roasted herbs and fresh cedary oak laced through ripe black fruits, too. The palate delivers a crisp, fresh and precise plaster-like texture. Fine but firm, long and deep black cherries, blackberries and dark plums. Some roasted coffee grounds to close. Terrific focus. Drink or hold.” - James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, May 2018
93 Points - The Wine Advocate
"Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, the wine opens with ripe plums, crushed blueberries and mulberries on the nose, with hints of pencil lead, cigar box and dusty earth. Medium to full bodied with a great, taut structure of grainy tannins and seamless acid, it fills the mouth with youthful complex flavors, finishing with some spices coming through.” -Lisa Perotti-Brown, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, October 2017
Bancroft's forward fruit demonstrates the classic Cabernet flavor of ripe, sweet blackcurrant. The 2015 Bancroft Ranch was aged for 20 months in 65% new French oak barrels. Careful attention is paid to vineyard blocks, which are kept separate and vinified with a goal of extracting maximum flavor.
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 soil here—gritty white tuff of volcanic origin—is shallow, infertile and extremely well drained.
Yields were down in 2015 as a result of the continuing drought and further reduced by cold weather during flowering. However, a warm summer with almost no rain allowed for optimal ripening, and the resulting harvest, while small, was of outstanding quality. Grapes are small and packed with flavor and color, creating wines with excellent extraction and structure.
With wines of this quality, a minimalist approach to winemaking is preferred to preserve the integrity of each site’s expression of terroir. Vinifying the fruit from each vineyard separately, Mark used tailored pump-over techniques for optimal extraction, and then aged the wines in hand-selected, custom-toasted barrels of French Nevers oak from coopers with whom Beringer has long-established relationships.