Pride Mountain Vineyards Merlot Napa Sonoma 2007
Our 2007 Merlot is a multi-layered, expressive wine. The base blend is composed of wines from 11 distinctive vineyard blocks across our mountaintop estate. Texture has been polished by blending with 6% Cabernet Sauvignon from our intensely structured Rock Arch vineyard block. The wine opens with a big, perfumey nose featuring red raspberry, plum preserves, black and maraschino cherries and brown sugar. The palate is soft, luscious and silky, with intense flavors that coat the mouth. With sustained presence, fruit and spice flavors are revealed in bursts and waves. The structure is typical of our mountaintop Merlot – tannins are firm, but have been ripened to the point of being round rather than aggressive, a wine that leaves the taste buds longing for a second sip.
This is a very good merlot from a guy who doesn't normally drink merlot. This has impressive tannins and structure along with cocoa notes on both the nose and palate. Good length and hints of chocolate covered cherry on the finish.
When visiting an exclusive restaurant in San Francisco I was tempted to order the Duckhorn Merlot as this is my Merlot of choice. The waiter suggested this one instead. What a wonderful surprise! This wine was so great that we decided to visit the winery. This is one of the best California Merlots in my opinion. Enjoy it with a nice steak or some Italian food.
External Reviews for Pride Mountain Vineyards Merlot Napa Sonoma
Rating: 91/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the September 2010 issue. Ready ripeness, a wealth of sweet, black cherry fruit and a full dose of rich oak are comfortably merged in this deep and very continuous Merlot. Subtlety is at present not one of its virtues, but the wine is very well-balanced with a fine spine of structural tannins ensuring years of improvement. Its flashy, wide-open style may draw the ire of those that hold that "restraint" is the sole measure of success, but its generosity and richness move it to the head of the class, and it is an altogether delicious look at what California does best.Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine aging recommendation: Cellar for future drinking. Wine will improve with bottle aging.
Slightly lighter than previous vintages, the lean 2004 Merlot reveals austere tannin in the finish, but it offers nice herbal undertones in the attractive berry and mocha fruit. Drink this medium-bodied Merlot over the next 3-4 years.
Good deep red. Sweet nose offers raspberry, cherry and milk chocolate. Fat, lush and sweet, with a soft, pliant, immediately accessible texture and enticing flavors of ripe red fruits. Ripe and aromatic merlot, finishing with dusty, sweet tannins and lovely length.
Ripe and fleshy, with a pretty dash of toasty oak. The fruit is sweet, with currant and berry flavors that are intense, concentrated and complex, ending with a pretty burst of fruit and oak that lingers. Well-structured, with ripe tannins. Drink now through 2013.
Dark red. Sexy, expressive, slightly high-toned nose melds red currant, cranberry, leather and nuts. Supple and refined, with a creamy texture to the red fruit and spice flavors. Finishes with broad, dusty tannins and lovely aromatic persistence. Slightly high-toned throughout but not overly sweet. I find this quite suave.
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.
Rich and concentrated, with bold aromas of plum, currant and mocha leading to complex, layered blackberry, licorice and spice flavors that finish with a flourish of ripe, minerally tannins. Drink now through 2012.