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Pride Mountain Vineyards Merlot Napa Sonoma 2005

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Very ripe, blackberry and currant aromas with a trace of vanilla. Broad, expansive and even across the mid-palate, with a candy-like middle and chewy tannins. Soft edges and tremendous length. Merlot for Cab people!

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Pride Mountain Vineyards:
People immediately understand why the winery estate was previously named "Summit Ranch." The twisting twenty-minute drive west from St. Helena, or east from Santa Rosa, rewards visitors with a stunning view of rugged Mount St. Helena to the northeast and verdant vineyards rising skyward in all directions. Pride Mountain Vineyards is a 235-acre estate with a wooden-beamed, modest-sized winery ... Read more
People immediately understand why the winery estate was previously named "Summit Ranch." The twisting twenty-minute drive west from St. Helena, or east from Santa Rosa, rewards visitors with a stunning view of rugged Mount St. Helena to the northeast and verdant vineyards rising skyward in all directions. Pride Mountain Vineyards is a 235-acre estate with a wooden-beamed, modest-sized winery that blends smoothly into its mountainous surroundings and California heritage. The charming and unpretentious tasting room offers guests the opportunity to sample the latest vintages while chatting with the gracious and knowledgeable staff. County regulations require that visitors hold a prior appointment. Read less
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Member Reviews for Pride Mountain Vineyards Merlot Napa Sonoma

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Snooth User: Eric Guido
92549168,391
4.00 5
04/20/2009

A luminescent, cherry red color. Rich aromas rise from the glass, first of plum, licorice and vanilla but then an underlying hint of forest floor which adds an inviting complexity to the bouquet. A rich, brooding and palate coating wine that tastes of raisins and black currant jam with a seductive cinnamon, chocolate finish that goes on and on. Chewy yet easy drinking and surprisingly refreshing. This is not a wine for the timid, this is decadence in a bottle.

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Snooth User: Philip James
112,549
4.00 5
02/26/2009

A fantastic wine! Starts out with a beautiful mineral nose of plums, dark fruit and has a menthol edge. It really comes over as mineral, more concentrated mountain fruit. Very tasty and has a great tobacco finish. I really really liked this wine - its, as they say, a Merlot, for Cab lovers!


Snooth User: RMP3
12786232
5.00 5
01/27/2009

They've done it again! Merlot's grown at these altitudes and crafted with such skill are hard to find, but Pride seems to have it down to a science. The huge, plummy flavors end with a long, licorice finish.


Snooth User: 68charger
25567526
4.00 5
09/14/2009

liked it a lot, almost an acquired taste because it's so earthy and distinctive.


Snooth User: minocencio
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3.50 5
10/29/2013

Three and a half glasses


External Reviews for Pride Mountain Vineyards Merlot Napa Sonoma

External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

Red-ruby. Aromas of redcurrant, tobacco, milk chocolate and loam. Sweet, complex flavors of redcurrant, tobacco, cedar, smoke and minerals, all brightened by harmonious, ripe acidity that runs through the wine. Finishes with round, sweet tannins and very good length. Merlot with real flavor interest.


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Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

Aromas of cedar, ripe berry fruit and hints of toasty oak offer solid clues as to what comes across on the palate. Intense and well-balanced, the supple blackberry and black cherry flavors pick up a nice dose of creamy mocha and toasty oak on the finish. Drink now through 2009.


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Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

An openly seductive style, with ripe currant, blackberry and wild berry fruit shaded by splashy mocha and espresso bean oak flavors. It's complex and concentrated, but also quite tannic, so if you pull the cork tonight, decant an hour. Drink now through 2012.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

A blend of 52% Napa and 48% Sonoma fruit (the vineyard traverses the county lines), the 2003 Merlot exhibits notes of sweet oak, mocha, and berry fruit in its pretty, elegant, tasty, medium-bodied, plump personality.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

What a fabulous Merlot. Yes, it's dense in texture, like molten metal, with melted tannins, but it's kept lively with clean acids. Meanwhile, the flavors are sheer mountain fruit: concentrated blackberries and cherries and decadent mocha. Complex, elegant and addictively good.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

The 2002 Merlot, which comes from both the Napa and Sonoma sides of the mountain, is elegant, with wonderfully sweet black cherry fruit intermixed with a hint of mocha, white chocolate, and some background sappy wood notes. Its beautiful integration of acidity and tannin make for an elegant, polished, and stunning Merlot to drink over the next decade.


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Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

Medium ruby. Highly aromatic nose of black raspberry, minerals, violet and bitter chocolate, with lots of sexy oak tones. Supple on entry, then slightly edgy in the middle, with dark berry and bitter chocolate flavors. Finishes with a hint of unabsorbed acidity and slightly dry tannins.


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Very ripe, blackberry and currant aromas with a trace of vanilla. Broad, expansive and even across the mid-palate, with a candy-like middle and chewy tannins. Soft edges and tremendous length. Merlot for Cab people!

4913 cases produced.

Aged in French Oak.

Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 14.8%

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