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2017 Beringer Bancroft Ranch Napa Valley Merlot

2017 Beringer Bancroft Ranch Napa Valley Merlot

2017 Beringer Bancroft Ranch Napa Valley Merlot

Tasting Notes

Tasting Note

Distinctive, even decadent, this full-bodied plush wine is well-structured and balanced with complex aromas and flavors of ripe dark fruits, black cherry and vanilla accented with herbal notes and baking spices. Soft but potent in delivering a memorable, spicy finish.

Technical Information

Varietal Merlot
Vintage 2017
Appellation Napa Valley
Blend 100% Merlot
Oak Treatment 100% French Oak (70% new)
Alcohol % 15%
Enclosure Type Cork
pH 3.76

Scores & Accolades

  • 94,

    “Lots of black olives and currants with hints of mahogany. Full-bodied, chewy and flavorful. Rich finish. Foursquare. Needs a year or two to soften. Try after 2021.” - James Suckling, February 2020

  • 92

    Wine Enthusiast

    "Robust in chalky tannin and a broad swath of red currant, plum and cherry, this wine is powerfully structured and ripe, with fistfuls of clove, mocha and black pepper. From a warm vintage and a mountain appellation, it will do well in the cellar; enjoy best from 2027 through 2030. Cellar Selection.” - Virginie Boone, November 2020

  • 94

    Wine Spectator

    “Svelte, powerful and well-honed, with red currant and dried berry flavors that are filled with minerality. Notes of hot stone midpalate are backed by vibrant acidity that lingers on the finish, with plenty of savoriness. Drink now through 2025.” - Kim Marcus, November, 30th, 2020



Howell Mountain AVA

Howell Mountain


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. 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.