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2004 Vintner Select Merlot

Another powerhouse that floods your senses, our Vintner Select cuvee is 100% merlot and 100% delicious. The pervasive nose on this inky black wine is filled with brown sugar, pumpkin spice, and ripe berries. The seamless palate reminds of a blackberry cobbler with flavors of dark berries and vanilla persisting right through the holiday season.

Appellation: Napa Valley
Vintage: 2004
Harvest: October 2004
Fermentation: Alcoholic & Malolactic in Stainless Steel Tanks
Cooperage: French Oak
Blend: 100% Merlot
Alcohol: 14.1%
Bottling: July 2006
Production: 355 cases
Release Date: November 2006
Price: $75.00
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Reviews

  • Connoisseur's Guide: November 2006
    Rating: 91

    Mountain wines often show a little less fat and a little more structural toughness than their valley-floor counterparts, and this sturdy, very deeply filled Merlot does just that. Its succulent smells of cherries, mint, chocolate and toast lead to like-minded but rather astringent flavors that are presently bound up in youthful tannins, yet its tenacious fruit fights on through at the finish and guarantees that a handsome wine will await all those who exercise five or six years of patience.

  • California Grapevine: December 06/January 07
    Rating: 91

    Medium to medium-dark ruby; attractive, forward, intense, plumy, raspberry and black cherry aroma with overtones of mocha and creamy oak; full body; forward, rich, textured, sweet black cherry fruit flavors with notes of dark chocolate and a creamy mouth feel; medium-full to full tannin; lingering aftertaste. Shows forward rich fruit, and while very appealing to taste now, it also shows good aging potential. Very highly recommended.

  • Wine Enthusiast: March 2007
    Rating: 92

    Pride's regular '04 Merlot was very good. This one's better. Intensely rich and concentrated in the way of mountain wines, it shows huge, ripe cherry marmalade, black raspberry pie filling, rum and cola, mocha-choca and Asian spice flavors, enriched by smoky oak. Any really ripe wine can do that, but only one from great coastal vineyards can achieve this balance of acids and tannins. Should develop over the next ten years.

  • The Wine Spectator: 2007
    Rating: 92

    Not shy about showing its oak, with plenty of cedar, vanilla bean and spice, yet underneath is a delicious core of currant, blackberry and graphite. Oak returns on the finish, providing a woody mouthfeel, but there's lots of depth and concentration. Drink now through 2011. 450 cases made.

  • Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar: May/June 2007 Online Issue
    Rating: 92

    Saturated, deep ruby-red. Aromas of smoky redcurrant, graphite and nutty oak, with a suggestion of chocolate liqueur. Lush on entry, then concentrated, sweet and silky-smooth, with rich, slightly high-toned flavors of plum, smoke and graphite. This has lovely sweetness and lift and finishes very long, with big, rich tannins. A major mouthful of mountain merlot.