With a long pedigree of great scores and reviews (most recently on the 1999 Merlot, 94 points from Wine & Spirits, 90 points from The Wine Spectator and 94 points from The Wine Enthusiast), the 2000 Merlot is yet another beautiful marriage of Pride fruit and Foley finesse. The backbone of many a cellar since our very first vintage of Merlot in 1991, this wine has made us innumerable friends. From folks new to the pleasures of fine wines, to those with sophisticated palates who have come to believe that only a big California Cabernet can still their hearts, many a Pride fan has been brought into the fold through a first encounter with a bottle of our Merlot. High altitude exposure, mountainous terrain and rocky soils have bred intensely dark pigments into the skins of our Merlot, producing an opaque inkiness. Our consistent emphasis on truly ripe fruit is evident in this wine as its profuse blackberry and currant aromas leap from the glass. Beautifully weighted and deep, this wine portrays everything that is body and length, coating the palate and lingering on and on with flavors of ripe berries and roasted coffee beans, cassis, currant and cedar. An extremely broad structure of Bob’s “friendly” tannins carries the rich, vibrant flavors across the full spectrum of the palate.

Appellation: Napa
Sonoma
Vintage: 2000
Harvest: October 2000
Fermentation: Stainless Steel
Cooperage: French Oak
Blend: 93% Merlot
7% Cabernet
Alcohol: 14.1%
Bottling: April 2002
Production: 5320 cases cases
Release Date: May 2002
Price:
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Reviews

  • Wine & Spirits: December 2002
    Rating: 94

    Massive, serious and about as yummy as merlot can get, Pride's wine from vines straddling the top of Spring Mountain grows on either side of the Napa-Sonoma line. In 2000, it tastes like the fruit has been sculpted by hand, broad and smooth with the supple grit of pinpoint tannins need no more cushioning than the blueberry fruit, fully ripe rather than jammy, savory with flavor accents of fig compote and chocolate. The focus elevates it to a higher note in the finish, already primed for a roast partridge and chestnut stuffing. For those who choose to cellar it, this will only gain richness and depth.

  • Wine Enthusiast: November 2002
    Rating: 92

    Rich and long in the mouth, with impressively concentrated flavors of blackberries and plums and a delicious note of chocolately fig. These ripe flavors are fully dry, with the most wonderful velvety tannins. The wine is soft and full of charm.

  • Connoisseurs' Guide: September 2002
    Rating: 90

    7% Cabernet Sauvignon. A rich and engaging Merlot, it follows the Pride Mountain style with its emphasis on ripeness, and it is always a wine of depth and intensity. It borders on higher ratings but wants just a bit more of Merlot's inner succulence to take that next step up. Nevertheless, with that one caveat said, this is a wine that will make an excellent mealtime partner to a rack of lamb and to other rich meat dishes.

  • The Wine Advocate: August 31 2002
    Rating: 88-90

    The 2000 Merlot (5,000cs) is a blend of fruit from Napa (61%) and Sonoma (39%). The dividing line for those two counties transects the Pride Mountain Vineyard, hence the confusion about the wines appellations. The 2000 Merlot offers plenty of sweet black fruits, and an elegant, medium-bodied personality without the grip, depth, and concentration of the 1999 and 1998. To be fair, it had just been bottled when I tasted it. While it is unquestionably an excellent Merlot, it displays the vintages superficial charm and friendliness, but not much intensity or persistence.

  • Wine Spectator: November 15 2002
    Rating: 91

    Smooth and flavorful, with dusty cedar and pencil shaving aromas leading to rich, intense pencil lead, currant and blackberry flavors, keeping its cedary oak profile. Finishes with a long, complex aftertaste. Drink now through 2007. 5,320 cases made