Our 2007 Merlot is a multi-layered, expressive wine. The base blend is composed of wines from 11 distinctive vineyard blocks across our mountaintop estate. Texture has been polished by blending with 6% Cabernet Sauvignon from our intensely structured Rock Arch vineyard block. The wine opens with a big, perfumey nose featuring red raspberry, plum preserves, black and maraschino cherries and brown sugar. The palate is soft, luscious and silky, with intense flavors that coat the mouth. With sustained presence, fruit and spice flavors are revealed in bursts and waves. The structure is typical of our mountaintop Merlot – tannins are firm, but have been ripened to the point of being round rather than aggressive, a wine that leaves the taste buds longing for a second sip.

Appellation: Napa
Sonoma
Vintage: 2007
Harvest: October 2007
Fermentation: Stainless Steel
Cooperage: French Oak
Blend: 94% Merlot
6% Cabernet Sauvignon
Alcohol: 14.6%
Bottling: April 2009
Production: 4503 cases
Release Date: August 2009
Price: $56.00
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Reviews

  • The Wine Advocate: December 2009, Issue 186
    Rating: 92

    The 2007 Merlot, which comes from both Napa and Sonoma fruit (the Pride Mountain vineyards are split by the county line), exhibits a dense purple color as well as abundant chocolate and berry fruit notes, medium to full body, and great freshness, length, and depth. It is a heady, succulent style of Merlot to drink over the next 7-10 years.

  • California Grapevine: February/March 2010
    Rating: 89

    Medium ruby; attractive, intense, herbal, spicy, raspberry and black cherry aroma with hints of cedar and brown sugar; medium-full to full body; textured, herbal, ripe cherry fruit flavors with a plush entry; medium-full tannin; lingering aftertaste. Highly recommended.

  • The Wine Spectator Insider: Wine Spectator Insider, March 24, 2010
    Rating: 94

    Lush and rich yet impeccably structured, with bold red currant and toasty mocha aromas and layered flavors of ripe plum, loamy earth and spice, finishing with big but ripe tannins. Drink now through 2015. From California.—T.F.

  • Connoisseurs' Guide: March 2010
    Rating: 92

    From its intense, deeply filled aromas of caramel, chocolate, ripe berries, tobacco and coffee to its dramatic and highly extracted flavors, this wine goes right to the brink in terms of richness and power without quite going over the edge. It is hefty stuff by any and all standards, but it is overly heavy and is nicely balanced for the big wine that it is. Its slightly abrasive, tannin-laced finish tags it as one to let rest in the cellar, but its potential for five or more years of growth is beyond question.

  • Wine Enthusiast: May 2010
    Rating: 91

    Unusually rich and concentrated for a Merlot. Shows classic structure, with firm, ripe tannins and good acidity, although the oak sticks out. A small percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon adds a blackberry depth to the cherries and raspberries. Decant if you drink now, but better to cellar until mid-2010.