Beringer Vineyards Merlot Howell Mountain Bancroft Ranch 1992

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Winemaking The lots were kept separate through fermentation and aging to retain the individual terroir characteristi...

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Smooth and harmonious, with a supple core of black cherry, currant, earth and toasty oak that folds together nicely on the finish, the flavors beco... Read more

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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
05/14/2010

Smooth and harmonious, with a supple core of black cherry, currant, earth and toasty oak that folds together nicely on the finish, the flavors becoming more complex and elegant as it progresses. This vintage adds one more to this California vineyard'... Wine Spectator. A Merlot wine from California in USA. 1992 Beringer Merlot Bancroft Ranch 750ml


Winemaker's Notes:

Winemaking The lots were kept separate through fermentation and aging to retain the individual terroir characteristics of each part of the vineyard. After gentle crushing and destemming, the juice and skins were sent to small fermenters where color, flavors and tannins were slowly extracted from the skins as vinification progressed. Ed and his winemaking partner Laurie Hook chose 100-percent-new custom-toasted French Nevers oak barrels to age the wines. After 26 months they were satisfied that the big, Cabernet-like tannins in the Howell Mountain Merlot had enough time to soften, and the aromas from the barrels had integrated well with fruit characteristics from the grapes. They also chose to add small percentages of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc to the blend to bring a black cherry accent to the nose and elongate the finish.

Winemaking The lots were kept separate through fermentation and aging to retain the individual terroir characteristics of each part of the vineyard. After gentle crushing and destemming, the juice and skins were sent to small fermenters where color, flavors and tannins were slowly extracted from the skins as vinification progressed. Ed and his winemaking partner Laurie Hook chose 100-percent-new custom-toasted French Nevers oak barrels to age the wines. After 26 months they were satisfied that the big, Cabernet-like tannins in the Howell Mountain Merlot had enough time to soften, and the aromas from the barrels had integrated well with fruit characteristics from the grapes. They also chose to add small percentages of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc to the blend to bring a black cherry accent to the nose and elongate the finish.

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