Beringer Blass Wine Estates Merlot Stags' Leap Winery Napa Valley Merlot 6 Premier 1996

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Smaller-than-normal yields and especially warm weather in August produced highly concentrated grapes and the especial...

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Complex, but tight and brooding. Dark earth, black plum, licorice, leather and smoke in the nose. Deep, full black-cherry and coffee flavors, but v... Read more

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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
01/17/2009

Complex, but tight and brooding. Dark earth, black plum, licorice, leather and smoke in the nose. Deep, full black-cherry and coffee flavors, but very subdued now. Emphasis on structure and intensity. Not an obvious wine, nor for cur-rent enjoyment, ... Wine Enthusiast. A Merlot wine from California in USA. 1996 Beringer Merlot Bancroft Ranch 3000ml


Winemaker's Notes:

Smaller-than-normal yields and especially warm weather in August produced highly concentrated grapes and the especially rich blueberry and blackberry aromas and flavors of this wine. Bancroft Ranch Merlot has a quality I can only describe as all-around richness. Unlike some Merlots I've tasted, the wine from Bancroft has no `hole in the middle.' It delivers a consistent message from the first waft of its characteristic aromas through its long finish. I think this richness comes mostly from the concentrated blackberry and blueberry flavors but also partly from a kind of earthy quality typical of the vineyard. Underlying these flavors are more subtle notes of anise, tobacco and leather. I've found that these flavors become more pronounced as the wine ages and evolves, which makes me eager to monitor this vintage well into the next century. -Ed Sbragia, Winemaster

Smaller-than-normal yields and especially warm weather in August produced highly concentrated grapes and the especially rich blueberry and blackberry aromas and flavors of this wine. Bancroft Ranch Merlot has a quality I can only describe as all-around richness. Unlike some Merlots I've tasted, the wine from Bancroft has no `hole in the middle.' It delivers a consistent message from the first waft of its characteristic aromas through its long finish. I think this richness comes mostly from the concentrated blackberry and blueberry flavors but also partly from a kind of earthy quality typical of the vineyard. Underlying these flavors are more subtle notes of anise, tobacco and leather. I've found that these flavors become more pronounced as the wine ages and evolves, which makes me eager to monitor this vintage well into the next century. -Ed Sbragia, Winemaster

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