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80 Ratings
Pride Mountain Vineyards Vintner Select Merlot

Wine Details

Varietal

Merlot

Style

Red

Wine Description

(2006 Vintage) From our vineyard atop Spring Mountain, the 2006 vintage produced wines of generous richness and expressive aromatics, and our Merlot is no exception. Red cherry, raspberry, cocoa and tar notes in the nose frame a broad wine with plenty of stuffing. With the first sip, the sensuous mouthfeel leads into the wine’s more serious side, as weighty but sweet tannins extend into a minutes-long finish. The blend is made up of 81% Clone 181 Merlot, contributing classic red fruit and bright acidity, 7% Clone 3 Merlot, adding heady floral and black fruit notes, and 11% Cabernet Sauvignon from our terraced Canyon Ranch vineyard block, bringing structure and focus to the final cuvée. A wine for Cabernet lovers, our Merlot is no wine to underestimate, and will continue to evolve over ten to twelve years in the bottle

Expert Reviews
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  • 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