2013 Pride Merlot

While we often describe our Merlot as a Cabernet-lover’s Merlot, this vintage takes that description to another level. The wine maintains the gorgeous thick and round midpalate that makes Merlot such an enjoyable wine, but this one also has tremendous density and size. The wine is packed full of stuffing, with flavors of chocolate, plum, strawberry, wet shale, crushed rose petal and za’atar spice. The blend is predominantly Clone 3 and Clone 181 merlot from our 12 estate vineyard blocks of merlot, with 8% of our Rock Arch cabernet sauvignon added for structure, depth of flavor and persistence.

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Appellation: Napa/ Sonoma
Vintage: 2013
Harvest: October 2013
Fermentation: Stainless Steel
Cooperage: French Oak
Blend: 92% Merlot
8% Cabernet Sauvignon
Alcohol: 14.6%
Bottling: April 2015
Production: 5377 cases
Release Date: August 2015
Release Price: $60.00


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  • Vinous: October 2015, online - Rating: 90

    Today, the Merlot is deep, dense and powerful, but it also drinks surprisingly well for the year. Dark cherry, mocha, plum, smoke, licorice, spice and French oak are all quite forward. Drink this plump, giving Merlot over the next handful of years. The 40% new French oak is a bit dominant today.

  • California Grapevine: April 2016, Volume 42 - Rating: 90

    Medium-dark ruby; assertive, spicy, cherry and red berry fruit aroma with hints of dill, olive, and mocha; medium-full to full body; herbal, toasty, red fruit flavors with a int of dark chocolate and a bit hard-edged on the finish; medium-full full tannin; linger aftertaste. Deserves a few more years of bottle ageing. Highly recommended.