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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
The 2008 Merlot (72% Sonoma fruit and 28% Napa) reveals abundant aromas of black cherry and mocha-infused fruit intermixed with hints of white chocolate, roasted herbs and coffee. It is a sexy, full-throttle, heady Merlot to drink over the next 7–8 years.
The 2008 Merlot (72% Sonoma fruit and 28% Napa) reveals abundant aromas of black cherry and mocha-infused fruit intermixed with hints of white chocolate, roasted herbs and coffee. It is a sexy, full-throttle, heady Merlot to drink over the next 7andndash;8 years.
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.
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.
An estate wine from Pride's mountain vineyards that overlap Napa-Sonoma border, this powerful young Merlot has more structure than most. It's complicated: Rather than immediately delicious in style, it'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.
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 3ndash;4 years.
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