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2004 Pride Mountain - Merlot Vintner's Select Mountaintop Vineyard Merlot - USA - California - Sonoma - Red

USA - California - Sonoma

Red Merlot
Producer Notes

Riding the crest of the Mayacamas Mountain Range at an elevation of 2,100 feet, Pride Mountain Vineyards' 200+ acre property is bisected by the Napa/Sonoma county line. The family owned winery has been making some of Spring Mountain's best wines since 1990. Winemaker Bob Foley employs the laborious technique of picking, vinifying, and barrel-aging each of 80 vineyard blocks separately, resulting... More »

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89
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Drink Dates
Comm: 2010-2014 VF: 2006-2014
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Source International Wine Cellar
Issue Issue 132
Author Chris Ahearn
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 95.93%
Tasted On 11/29/2011
Drink Dates 2006-2010
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Author Andre L593
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 98.936%
Tasted On 09/01/2011

The nose on this merlot is full of sweet oak, spice and cherries. As far as the flavor profile goes, lots of sweet red fruit, red currants and spice. Vvvvvery firm, structured wine with masculine tannins. A really good, solid merlot; in fact, one that would make people feel silly for foolishly stating "I don't drink merlot."

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Author Smith-Shannon
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Tasted On 08/24/2011
Drink Dates 2011-2014

Fruit forward with a strong chocolate aroma. Definite hint of the oak; still has some tannins but overall a very enjoyable wine. The favorite of the group in this tasting.

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Tasted On 08/25/2011
Drink Dates 2011-2016

Lots of new oak on the nose. Wonderful creamy mouthfeel and then some bitter chocolate and lush fruit with a long finish. This is drinking well now and should be good for another 5 years. This is a well balanced wine that really shows what mountain grown fruit can achieve. A wine of power and finesse.

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Author Jeannie L
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 100%
Tasted On 08/24/2011
Drink Dates 2009-2015

Deep garnet, opaque. First nose of chalk, earth, blueberry, cedar, tobacco (wet), slight hint of VA (ripe). Medium tannins with good acidity. Notes of dark chocolate and plum as well as recurrent tobacco notes. Soft finish and slightly lacking in grip but still very enjoyable. Serve with grilled skirt steak and chimichurri sauce. Drink now over next 2-5 years.

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