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Pride Mountain Vineyards Merlot Napa Sonoma 2005
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.
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!
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.
liked it a lot, almost an acquired taste because it's so earthy and distinctive.
Three and a half glasses
External Reviews for Pride Mountain Vineyards Merlot Napa Sonoma
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Food Pairings for Pride Mountain Vineyards Merlot Napa Sonoma
4913 cases produced.
Aged in French Oak.
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