Pride Mountain Vineyards

Napa County Sonoma County Merlot

9.2729 ratings
9.1106 pro ratings
California, USA
Merlot
Beef, Venison, Salami & Prosciutto, Chili & Hot Spicy, Potato, Exotic Spices, Lamb, White Rice, Baking Spices, Herbs, Pasta, Chicken, Mushrooms, Pungent Cheese, Turkey, Tomato-Based, Soft Cheese, Pork, Beans & Peas, Hard Cheese, Duck, Onion, Shallot, Garlic
Top Notes For
Eric Bass

Lush and ripe. Beautiful. Drink young with a one hour decant, or could use 5 years laying down. Rich and decadent. I’m a fan of Pride and their jammy juice.

Lush and ripe. Beautiful. Drink young with a one hour decant, or could use 5 years laying down. Rich and decadent. I’m a fan of Pride and their jammy juice.

Oct 13th, 2019
Conrad Green

Very bloody and open. Lush plummy fruit. Pretty stuff

Very bloody and open. Lush plummy fruit. Pretty stuff

Jan 23rd, 2019
Jonathan Wall

Beautiful color. Well balanced. Drinks well now. Textbook merlot ( even Miles in Sideways would approve). ... half bottle.

Beautiful color. Well balanced. Drinks well now. Textbook merlot ( even Miles in Sideways would approve). ... half bottle.

Aug 13th, 2018
Greg Ballington

Co-Founder of Millennial Drinkers Wine Blog

9.1

First winery on day three traveling from Sonoma to Napa Valley was Pride Mountain Vineyards with Paul. First red wine is Merlot with fruit coming from both Sonoma (23%) and Napa (77%) Counties. This bottling is made up of 87.9% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon and 0.1% Petit Verdot. Aged separately for fourteen months in 40% new French oak barrels. 4,752 cases produced.

Deep ruby red with a bit of garnet and purple. Thick and aged dark nose with notes of red plums, anise, ground cinnamon, dark stewed red berries and bramble berries. Dry palate with medium plus tannins (7/10) and medium plus to full body. Dark gravel and dark bitter coca on the attack with some dark plus, cassis, black cherries and savory spices. Long and lingering finish. Drink till 2027.

$$ - Tasted at the winery. Retail price is $62.00.

First winery on day three traveling from Sonoma to Napa Valley was Pride Mountain Vineyards with Paul. First red wine is Merlot with fruit coming from both Sonoma (23%) and Napa (77%) Counties. This bottling is made up of 87.9% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon and 0.1% Petit Verdot. Aged separately for fourteen months in 40% new French oak barrels. 4,752 cases produced.

Deep ruby red with a bit of garnet and purple. Thick and aged dark nose with notes of red plums, anise, ground cinnamon, dark stewed red berries and bramble berries. Dry palate with medium plus tannins (7/10) and medium plus to full body. Dark gravel and dark bitter coca on the attack with some dark plus, cassis, black cherries and savory spices. Long and lingering finish. Drink till 2027.

$$ - Tasted at the winery. Retail price is $62.00.

Jun 5th, 2018
Charles Rivas

Stellar Merlot. Complex yet approachable, with a fleshy mouthfeel that doesn’t get flabby. Long, smooth finish.

Stellar Merlot. Complex yet approachable, with a fleshy mouthfeel that doesn’t get flabby. Long, smooth finish.

Feb 23rd, 2018
Eric Bass

Exquisite.

Exquisite.

Oct 23rd, 2017
Ryan Carey

Founder Wine Confidential

9.1

I love Merlot. I really do. A big thank you to those Sideways movie guys for keeping Merlot 30%+ cheaper than Cabs of similar quality.

I love Merlot. I really do. A big thank you to those Sideways movie guys for keeping Merlot 30%+ cheaper than Cabs of similar quality.

2 people found it helpfulNov 10th, 2015
Ron R
9.3

An average vintage still yields a beauty of a merlot. Rich notes of coffee, brown sugar and cherry jam. Balanced presentation on the palate. Consistent notes from the nose, with good texture and ripe tannins. Still plenty of runway ahead of it.

An average vintage still yields a beauty of a merlot. Rich notes of coffee, brown sugar and cherry jam. Balanced presentation on the palate. Consistent notes from the nose, with good texture and ripe tannins. Still plenty of runway ahead of it.

1 person found it helpfulDec 17th, 2018
Mark Eastom

Oak influence, dark fruits, spice and olive tapenade.

Oak influence, dark fruits, spice and olive tapenade.

1 person found it helpfulApr 19th, 2018
Tim Corzine

Wow!!!!

Wow!!!!

1 person found it helpfulFeb 6th, 2016