Pride Mountain Vineyards Merlot 2000

Pride Mountain Vineyards Merlot 2000


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The 2000 Merlot is yet another beautiful marriage of Pride fruit and Foley finesse. The backbone of many a cellar since our very first vintage of Merlot in 1991, this wine has made us innumerable friends. From folks new to the pleasures of fine wines, to those with sophisticated palates who have come to believe that only a big California Cabernet can still their hearts, many a Pride fan has been brought into the fold through a first encounter with a bottle of our Merlot. High altitude exposure, mountainous terrain and rocky soils have bred intensely dark pigments into the skins of our Merlot, producing an opaque inkiness. Our consistent emphasis on truly ripe fruit is evident in this wine as its profuse blackberry and currant aromas leap from the glass. Beautifully weighted and deep, this wine portrays everything that is body and length, coating the palate and lingering on and on with flavors of ripe berries and roasted coffee beans, cassis, currant and cedar. An extremely broad structure of Bob's "friendly" tannins carries the rich, vibrant flavors across the full spectrum of the palate.
Category Red Wine
Country California
Brand Pride Mountain Vineyards
Alcohol/vol 14.1%
  • we92

Wine EnthusiastRich and long in the mouth, with impressively concentrated flavors of blackberries and plums and a delicious note of chocolatey fig. These ripe flavors are fully dry, with the most wonderful velvety tannins. The wine is soft and full of charm.

November 15, 2002
  • ws91

Wine SpectatorSmooth and flavorful, with dusty cedar and pencil shaving aromas leading to rich, intense pencil lead, currant and blackberry flavors, keeping its cedary oak profile. Finishes with a long, complex aftertaste. Drink now through 2007. 5,320 cases made.

James Laube, September 30, 2002
  • wa88-90

Wine AdvocateThe 2000 Merlot (5,000 cases) 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 wines' appellations. This wine 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 vintage's superficial charm and friendliness, but not much intensity or persistence.

Robert Parker, August 30, 2002