2009 Pride Merlot

2009 Pride Merlot

From Steve Pride:  Knockout nose of sweet dark cherry, violets, poppy seed cake and the subtle hint of mahogany chest.  Silky and round in the mouth.  An elegant slow-building attack that yields to gorgeous intense cherry and plum flavors with hints of camphor and resiny underbrush.  The tannins are ultra refined with no noticeable chalky grip, but with enough time in the mouth, a pleasing firmness emerges.  Concentrated flavors with a lingering persistent finish and no hint of alcohol whatsoever at any point in this wine experience.   Yum.

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Appellation: Napa/ Sonoma
Vintage: 2009
Harvest: October 2009
Fermentation: Stainless Steel
Cooperage: French Oak
Blend: 88% Merlot
9% Cabernet Sauvignon
2.5% Petit Verdot
.5% Cabernet Franc
Alcohol: 14.6%
Bottling: March 2011
Production: 4581 cases
Release Date: August 2011
Release Price: $58.00


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