Original
80 Ratings
Pride Mountain Vineyards Vintner Select Merlot

Wine Details

Varietal

Merlot

Style

Red

Wine Description

(2001 Vintage) In a word - WOW! Had you heard the 2001 vintage was supposed to be a blockbuster and wondered if it was all it was cracked up to be? You betcha. Our location at 2100' and emphasis on true physiological ripeness of the berries means that we consistently produce outstanding wines. In a vintage like this, our wines are mind-blowing. (Okay, we're being a little modest.) Here in the 2001 Merlot, the proof is in the glass. Inky black in color and profusely aromatic, cassis and chocolate shout from the ...

Expert Reviews
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  • International Wine Cellar
    (1999 Vintage) Rating: 91-94 - As reviewed by International Wine Cellar in Issue 96, May/June 2001 Ruby to the rim. Explosive aromas of blackberry, black raspberry, violet and bitter chocolate. Great sappy sweetness in the mouth: flavors of crushed and crystallized dark berries. Very long, powerful finish features strong but lush tannins. An uncanny combination of sweetness and structure.
  • Robert Parker
    (1999 Vintage) Rating: 92/100 - As reviewed by The Wine Advocate in Issue 141
  • Wine Spectator
    (1999 Vintage) Rating: 90/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator
  • Robert Parker
    (2011 Vintage) Rating: 87/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 10/16/2013
  • International Wine Cellar
    (2002 Vintage) Rating: 90/100 - As reviewed by International Wine Cellar in Issue 120, May/June 2005. ($52) Red-ruby. Aromas of redcurrant, tobacco, milk chocolate and loam. Sweet, complex flavors of redcurrant, tobacco, cedar, smoke and minerals, all brightened by harmonious, ripe acidity that runs through the wine. Finishes with round, sweet tannins and very good length. Merlot with real flavor interest.