2016 Pride Merlot 1500L
Region: Sonoma - Napa, Mountain Vineyards
Pride Mountain Vineyards is situated on the Summit Ranch, one of Napa Valley's oldest grape producers atop Spring Mountain. With over 120 years of viticulture documented there, Jim and Carolyn Pride purchased Summit Ranch and their first vintage premiered in 1991. Today, Pride Mountain Vineyards produces Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, Viognier and limited bottlings of Syrah and Sangiovese.
Our 2016 Merlot offers enticing aromas of plum, cherry pits, menthol, dried flowers, while subtle mesquite excites the senses. But it is the silky textural pleasure in the mouth that grabs your attention, offering a seamless transition from start to finish. There is enough acidity to suggest great food pairing and long-term aging potential, but it will be hard to wait on this beauty. Flavors include chocolate covered cherries and earthy spices; what sets this rich and full wine apart, though, is the smoothness with which it caresses all corners of your mouth. No doubt, this wine will provide years of drinking pleasure.
The five blocks of merlot grapes that contribute to this blend were night-harvested on October 11th, 18th, 21st, 22nd and 24th of 2016. The wines were fermented separately in stainless steel vats for 10 – 25 days before being gently pressed and racked to French oak barrels, 40% new. To the unctuous, dark-hued core of merlot, we blended in 15% cabernet sauvignon from our 36-year-old Rock Arch block, the oldest block on our estate (and also the source of our Reserve Cabernet), as well as just a kiss of petit verdot.