Pride Mountain Vineyards Merlot Napa Sonoma 2008
The Merlot from 2008 was packed with such expressive varietal character that little blending was required. The final blend is composed of our 12 Merlot blocks polished with 7% Cabernet Sauvignon from our Rock Arch and Rim Rock blocks. Blue-black color tinged with garnet is the first indication that the 2008 vintage is something special. Black and red cherries, plum preserves and currant mingle with spice notes including sweet anise. The texture on the palate is supple and viscous, with elegant tannins that are not overbearing.
External Reviews for Pride Mountain Vineyards Merlot Napa Sonoma
Ruby-red. High-toned aromas of plum, redcurrant and cedar lifted by a floral topnote. Spicy and firmly built but also with a rather voluptuous mid-palate texture and lovely sweetness to its plum and licorice flavors. Finishes with firm tannins and very good length. I like the note of spicy cabernet on the back end.
A smooth, crowd-pleasing merlot, this jams blackberry and toffee flavors into a confit to sweeten a steak.
A blend of 95% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 1996 Merlot boasts a dense purple color, as well as a beautiful nose of black fruits, smoke, herbs, and underbrush. Thick and full-bodied, with terrific fruit, purity, and extraction, this is a deeper, richer, more complete wine than originally predicted. It should age well for 10ndash;12 years.
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 12ndash;15 years.
An estate wine from Pridersquo;s mountain vineyards that overlap Napa-Sonoma border, this powerful young Merlot has more structure than most. Itrsquo;s complicated: Rather than immediately delicious in style, itrsquo;s tough, packed with flavor and all wrapped up in itself. The flavors are black (chocolate, dark plum and plum skin) while there are glimmers of light (jasmine and other white floral scents). As a Merlot, it has a soft, generous middle. But as a mountain wine, the tannins complicate matters and make it earthy, a touch bitter, the finish itself tight. Give it time to absorb some of the tannin and the brighter aspects of the wine should begin to shine; the complexity should also prove fascinating with age.
Full and delicious, Pride's merlot achieves a balanced ripeness at the mountaintop border of Napa and Sonoma counties. The wine has density of fruit while it retains a spot-on varietal identity, a flavor of black berry and rose petal jam. Tannins amplify the richness with a chocolate warmth, evenly meshed with the fruit across the palate. A pleasure to drink now with rare fillet mignon, this is well suited to age.
Massive, serious and about as yummy as Merlot can get, Pride's wine from vines straddling the top of Spring Mountain grows on either side of the Napa-Sonoma line. In 2000, it tastes like the fruit has been sculpted by hand, broad and smooth with the supple grit of pinpoint tannins. Those tannins need no more cushioning than the blueberry fruit, fully ripe rather than jammy, savory with flavor accents of fig compote and chocolate. The focus elevates it to a higher note in the finish, already primed for a roast partridge and chestnut stuffing. For those who choose to cellar it, this will only gain richness and depth.
Food Pairings for Pride Mountain Vineyards Merlot Napa Sonoma
5052 cases produced.
Aged in French Oak.
Notes: Stainless Steel
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