Long a benchmark for California Merlot, Bancroft Ranch continues to deliver on intensity. The rich, dark fruits we crave are all there with added complexity from black olives and hints of mahogany. The full-body is full of flavor and chewy, deftly walking the line between mountain intensity and elegance. Suckling recommends 2021 for cracking into this bottle – sounds like a New Year’s promise!
Over the past 141 years, Beringer has built its name on quality and consistency. The oldest continuously operating winery in Napa Valley (they used a federal license during Prohibition that allowed them to make wine for religious purposes), they’ve been instrumental in both the development of Napa’s international reputation while simultaneously serving as a critical link to its past.
Lots of black olives and currants with hints of mahogany. Full-bodied, chewy and flavorful. Rich finish. Foursquare.WS94
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.WE92
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... *Cellar Selection* (VB)