Original
80 Ratings
Pride Mountain Vineyards Vintner Select Merlot

Wine Details

Varietal

Merlot

Style

Red

Wine Description

(2002 Vintage) Like so many things of great beauty, our 2002 Merlot lots were shy in their infancy, evolving slowly before strutting their stuff and blowing us away with their power and grace. Now? Wow! As a finished wine, this cuvee reveals thoroughly ripe blackberry aromas and flavors with a seductively rich mid palate. Tronçais oak cooperage contributes a balanced oak profile reminiscent of roasted espresso beans. 100% Merlot, our 2002 Merlot is blended from twelve individually vinified lots culled from vineyard read more...Like so many things of great beauty, our 2002 Merlot lots were shy in their infancy, evolving slowly before strutting their stuff and blowing us away with their power and grace. Now? Wow! As a finished wine, this cuvee reveals thoroughly ripe blackberry aromas and flavors with a seductively rich mid palate. Tronçais oak cooperage contributes a balanced oak profile reminiscent of roasted espresso beans. 100% Merlot, our 2002 Merlot is blended from twelve individually vinified lots culled from vineyard blocks spanning our mountaintop estate, and consequently, the county line (hide)

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.