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2009 Vintner Select Merlot

The Vintner Select Merlot swirls with heady aromas of super-ripe cherry, raspberry and blackberry fruit notes. On the palate, the wine is rounder than round, full of luscious fruit, and finishes with the big, powerful structure of a mountain wine. As in years past, the wine is 100% clone 3 merlot, and is sourced from the same vines that contribute the merlot component to our Reserve Claret. 

Appellation: Sonoma County
Vintage: 2009
Harvest: October 2009
Fermentation: Stainless Steel
Cooperage: French Oak
Blend: 100% Merlot
Alcohol: 14.8%
Bottling: July 2011
Production: 541 cases
Release Date: January 2012
Price: $75.00
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Reviews

  • Wine Spectator: November 30, 2012
    Rating: 92

    A supple and fleshy red, with zesty aromas of black cherry, mocha and spice that lead to rich flavors of red currant, toast and spice. Tannins are ripe and well-structured. Drink now through 2017.

  • Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: May/June 2011 Issue 156
    Rating: 92

    (100% merlot, from a selection of the estate's ripest lots; aged for 17 months in 40% new French oak): Bright red-ruby. Sexy aromas of plum, mocha and chocolate, with hints of resin and underbrush. Rich and dense on the palate and fresher than the nose suggests, showing good energy and lift to the red berry and spice flavors. Finishes with firm tannins and lovely persistence. In a rather feminine style for this normally more structured bottling.

  • The Wine Advocate: December 2012
    Rating: 95

    Pride's 2009 Merlot Vintner's Select is gorgeous and silky from the very first taste. Sweet red cherries, licorice, mint, cinnamon and dried flowers are all woven
    together in this beautifully balanced wine. The 2009 has lovely mid-palate pliancy to match its radiant, generous personality. I tasted the 2009 Merlot after all the Pride Cabernets and it more than held its own. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024.

  • California Grapevine: September 2013
    Rating: 91

    Medium to medium-dark ruby; attractive, toasty, spicy, plummy, black cherry and blackberry fruit aroma with a note of cassis; medium-full to full body; rich, textured cedary, dark berry fruit flavors with good depth and hints of tobacco and mocha; medium-full tannin; lingering aftertaste. Deserves a few more years of bottle aging. Very highly recommended.