Quite rich and flavorful, with layers of currant, black cherry, anise, cedar and toasty vanilla-scented notes, finishing long and detailed. (JL)
The 1997 Merlot Bancroft Ranch (100% new oak) is a dense, full-bodied effort exhibiting black cherry liqueur, chocolate, mineral, and lead pencil aromas and flavors. Fleshy, full-bodied, and chewy, it will be undeniably seductive upon release. It should drink well for 15+ years. (RP)
Deep ruby-red. Cassis, redcurrant, lead pencil, tobacco, bitter chocolate, leather and menthol on the nose. Supple, broad and fleshy initially, then seemed to shut down in the glass. Not currently showing the intensity it displayed a year ago from barrel but this wine is in a dumb phase right now. Finishes with big, chewy, ripe tannins and excellent persistence. Will almost certainly merit a higher score in two or three years. 91(+?) points. (ST)
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