2005 Beringer "Bancroft Ranch" Howell Mountain Merlot
Gigantic, huge. Just erupts with the most intense cassis, chocolate and smoky new oak. Classic Howell Mountain structure, with dense, sweet young tannins and firm acidity. So immature, it’s sappy and jammy now, and is sorely in need of cellaring. Don’t touch before 2011, and should provide enjoyment for many years after.
Plush, refined and impeccably structured. Offers bold aromas of black cherry, bittersweet chocolate and toasty cedar, with rich, complex red currant, licorice and mineral flavors that finish with a flourish of ripe tannins.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The outstanding 2005 Merlot Bancroft Ranch represents Merlot at its finest. Sexy, chocolaty, black cherry and berry fruit intermix with loamy soil and coffee bean nuances, and are impressively presented in this full-bodied, attractive, elegant Merlot.
Good red-ruby. Very ripe aromas of plum, cinnamon, cedar and mocha. Creamy-sweet and lush, with good depth to the plum and graphite flavors. Finishes with big, slightly rough tannins that reach the molars. From vines replanted in 1993. (ST)