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Beringer Vineyards Merlot Howell Mountain Bancroft Ranch 1988

External Review by JJ Buckley Fine Wines:

Rich and complex, lavishly spread with buttery oak and bursting with berry and currant flavors underneath. The tannins are well integrated in this mouth-filling but elegantly balanced wine. Distinctive. Drink now. 385 cases made. Wine Spectator. A Merlot wine from California in USA. 1988 Beringer Merlot Bancroft Ranch 750ml

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Beringer Vineyards:
  It is impossible to take Beringer’s long history lightly. With their 215 acre plot of land purchased in 1875 and the winery founded in 1876, Jacob and Frederick Beringer’s winery is the oldest continually operating winery in Napa Valley. In 2001, it was named a historic district in the National Register for Historic Places. Current winemaker Laurie Hook and winemaster Ed ... Read more
  It is impossible to take Beringer’s long history lightly. With their 215 acre plot of land purchased in 1875 and the winery founded in 1876, Jacob and Frederick Beringer’s winery is the oldest continually operating winery in Napa Valley. In 2001, it was named a historic district in the National Register for Historic Places. Current winemaker Laurie Hook and winemaster Ed Sbragia continue to draw from over a dozen vineyards to create world-class wines from varying soil compositions and climates. The winery managed to survive, and even thrive, during Prohibition by selling sacramental wines with a federal license. Since the wine was being made for religious purposes, it was legal! A unique aspect of Beringer is the tunnel system that was carved into the side of Spring Mountain around 1880. Chinese immigrant workers, the same workers that helped build the Trans-Continental Railroad, spent years hand-chiseling the 1,200 feet of tunnels. To this day, the tunnels act as a natural insulator, keeping the temperature between 58 and 60 degrees year-round, ideal for storing wine. Read less

External Reviews for Beringer Vineyards Merlot Howell Mountain Bancroft Ranch

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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
01/16/2009

Rich and complex, lavishly spread with buttery oak and bursting with berry and currant flavors underneath. The tannins are well integrated in this mouth-filling but elegantly balanced wine. Distinctive. Drink now. 385 cases made. Wine Spectator. A Merlot wine from California in USA. 1988 Beringer Merlot Bancroft Ranch 750ml



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