When Beringer first planted the vineyard, the distinctive character of the grapes was immediately evident, and it was selected as a regular part of the Private Reserve blend beginning in the 1993 vintage. Robust tannins and an earthy finish make this a superlative display of Howell Mountain fruit.
“This is a beautiful, vivid cabernet with blueberry, currant and floral aromas that follow through to a medium to full body. Ultra-fine tannins. Very long and fascinating. Caresses your palate. A real beauty. Drink in 2023.” - James Suckling, February 2020
Distinctive, even decadent, this full-bodied plush wine is well-structured and balanced with complex aromas and flavors of bright red fruit, plum cordial, and notes of cassis followed by a lingering finish with opulent tannins.
Howell Mountain rises just to the northeast of Beringer’s winery in Saint 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. 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.
|Oak Treatment||100% French Oak (50% new)|