Pride Mountain Vineyards Merlot 2003

Pride Mountain Vineyards Merlot 2003

SKU C0224


Built more like a Cabernet Sauvignon than a Merlot, this powerhouse vintage of 100% Merlot is as firm and extracted as can be, with an amazing concentration of color, ripe black fruit flavors and aromas. Currant and cassis, cocoa and espresso bean elements are jam-packed into this gentle giant, coating the entire palate with soft chewy tannins that melt away in a two-minute long finish.
Category Red Wine
Region California
Brand Pride Mountain Vineyards
Alcohol/vol 14.5%
  • ws92

Wine SpectatorAn openly seductive style, with ripe currant, blackberry and wild berry fruit shaded by splashy mocha and espresso bean oak flavors. It's complex and concentrated, but also quite tannic, so if you pull the cork tonight, decant an hour. Drink now through 2012.

James Laube, September 30, 2005
  • wa88

Wine AdvocateA blend of 52% Napa and 48% Sonoma fruit (the vineyard traverses the county lines), the 2003 Merlot exhibits notes of sweet oak, mocha, and berry fruit in its pretty, elegant, tasty, medium-bodied, plump personality.

Robert Parker, December 2005