Pride Mountain Vineyards Merlot Napa Sonoma 2007

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Our 2007 Merlot is a multi-layered, expressive wine. The base blend is composed of wines from 11 distinctive vineyard...

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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 ... Read more

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 sugge... Read more

Rating: 91/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the September 2010 issue. Ready ripeness, a wealth of swee... Read more

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Snooth User: rar8888
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3.50 5
09/29/2009

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.


Snooth User: klinemic
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5.00 5
03/06/2010

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

11/13/2010

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.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

The dark ruby/purple colored 1998 Merlot (a blend of 64% Napa and 36% Sonoma fruit) exhibits copious quantities of toasty new oak in the bouquet in addition to deep, chewy, blackberry and cherry aromas. There is excellent richness, medium to full body, adequate acidity, and a forward appeal. Drink it over the next 7-8 years.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

A rich, sensual, complex and concentrated wine, with layers of brown sugar, mocha, red currant and spicy herbal notes, it gains momentum and richness on the finish. Has the tannic strength to cellar short-term. Drink now through 2007.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

Saturated ruby. High-toned aromas of black cherry, black raspberry, licorice and dark chocolate. Blueberry and licorice flavors offer an enticing juicy quality but only moderate sweetness and density. Finishes with some noticeable tannins.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

Wonderful ripe fruit is the hallmark of this lovely California Merlot, which displays rich and complex cherry, currant, anise, cedar and spice flavors. Gains in depth and nuance through the finish, where it keeps pumping out the flavors. Drink now through 2006.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

Sleek and elegant, the wine is blessed with fine tannins and supple texture, and its blackberry, plum, cassis, chocolate and herb flavors flood the palate in a rush that finishes long and luxuriously. Top-notch Merlot.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

The 1997 Merlot might be called liquefied Viagra. An incredibly sexy nose of smoke, black fruits, cappuccino and toasty wood is followed by an expansive, terrifically concentrated wine with a sumptuous texture, no hard edges, beautifully integrated acidity and tannin, and a long, 35 second finish. According to the back label, about 5% Cabernet Sauvignon was added in the blend of this stunningly aromatic, multi-dimensional wine. It should drink well for 12-15 years.


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Winemaker's Notes:

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.

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.

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4503 cases produced.

Aged in French Oak.

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Alcohol: 14.6%

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