Pride Mountain Vineyards Vintner Select Cuvee Merlot 2002


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Of our eight vineyard blocks of Merlot, the cream of the crop in 2002 was again the Mountain Top block. With more stuffing than most Cabernets, these bottles should have a warning label, "Not to be opened by the meek or the mild!" Like the whole body "wow" that comes from bursting a handful of warm, ripe blackberries against the roof of your mouth on a hot summer day, more than a beverage, this 100% varietal wine is a feast for the senses. A hint of cassis, a little cedar, and all that dark fruit are wrapped in a layer of fine dark chocolate and finished with just a hint of espresso. Not for the faint of heart, we do our part once again to dispel the myth that Merlot is for beginners.
Category Red Wine
Country California
Region Sonoma County
Brand Pride Mountain Vineyards
Alcohol/vol 14.6%
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Wine AdvocateRatcheting up the level of concentration, complexity, and persistence in the mouth is the 2002 Merlot Vintner's Select (400 cases). An opulent, heady wine that reveals gorgeously melted toffee notes intermixed with blackberry and cherry liqueur, a hint of smoke, underbrush, and fabulous power and richness, this is extraordinarily pure, dense wine that is about as good as Merlot can be in California. Drink it over the next decade.

Robert Parker, February 27, 2005