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Pride Mountain Vineyards Merlot Napa Sonoma 2010
"This year, the 2010 Merlot is the most fragrant and lightest of the entry-level wines at Pride. Sweet red cherries, dried flowers, tobacco and spices all waft from the glass of this delicate, fragrant wine, which is best suited for near and mid-term drinking. The 2010 Merlot is 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon...90" WA 12/12
Three and a half glasses
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.
A dark ruby red color in the glass that after an hour in decanter showed plum sauce, blueberry, brown sugar and vanilla on the nose. Soft and full on the palate with black cherries, cinnamon, dark chocolate and a bit of funky undergrowth that added a savory character. Long mouth coating finish
This Merlot is very sophisticated, and drinks like a big cabernet. Pride really delivered in 06.
External Reviews for Pride Mountain Vineyards Merlot Napa Sonoma
Winemaker Sally Johnson had big shoes to fill when former Pride winemaker Bob Foley departed the label after the 2004 vintage. This 2007 Merlot proves she is up to the task. Crucial to the Merlotrsquo;s success is the estatersquo;s 83-acre vineyard, located at a 2,000-foot elevation in Mayacamas Mountains and straddling the Napa and Sonoma county lines. Six percent Cabernet Sauvignon was added to the blend for additional backbone. 4,503 cases made.
Pridersquo;s regular rsquo;04 Merlot was very good. This onersquo;s better. Intensely rich and concentrated in the way of mountain wines, it shows huge, ripe cherry marmalade, black raspberry pie filling, rum and cola, mocha-choca and Asian spice flavors, enriched by smoky oak. Any really ripe wine can do that, but only one from great coastal vineyards can achieve this balance of acids and tannins. Should develop over the next 10 years.
Full and delicious, Pridersquo;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, Pridersquo;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.
The 2007 Merlot, which comes from both Napa and Sonoma fruit (the Pride Mountain vineyards are split by the county line), exhibits a dense purple color as well as abundant chocolate and berry fruit notes, medium to full body, and great freshness, length, and depth. It is a heady, succulent style of Merlot to drink over the next 7ndash;10 years.
The 2000 Merlot is a blend of fruit from Napa (61%) and Sonoma (39%). The dividing line for those two counties transects the Pride Mountain vineyard, hence the confusion about the winesrsquo; appellations. The 2000 Merlot offers plenty of sweet black fruits, and an elegant, medium-bodied personality without the grip, depth, and concentration of the 1999 and 1998. To be fair, it had just been bottled when I tasted it. While it is unquestionably an excellent Merlot, it displays the vintagersquo;s superficial charm and friendliness, but not much intensity or persistence.
This is a real mountain Merlot, grown high on the Mayacamas range at the border between Napa and Sonoma. Grown in clay soils by highly stressed vines, the fruit typically matures a month later than on the valley floor, the concentration in the small berries emphasizing tannins and power. It has the muscularity yoursquo;d expect from that high altitude vineyard, expressed with brilliance and drive. From the first impression of a crush of blackberries, the fruit lifts up over a chalk line of tannins, super-ripe but contained, red, black and gripping. It ends in a blast of raspberry, a trumpet of fruit flavor. The finish is juicy as a steak. Pride continues to grow some of the best Merlot in the North Coast.
Food Pairings for Pride Mountain Vineyards Merlot Napa Sonoma
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