2015 Pride Merlot
Our 2015 Merlot offers incredibly expressive aromas of strawberry, blueberry and plum, which carry through into a round, luscious palate full of bright berry and lollipop fruit notes. The finish is lengthy yet integrated, with plenty of tannin that is rich, ripe and velvety on the palate.
Vineyard selections of Clone 3 and Clone 181 merlot were harvested throughout late September and early October, fermented in stainless steel vats and then aged in French oak barrels (40% new) as separate wine lots for 14 months prior to blending. To the base blend, we added 12% cabernet sauvignon to bring structure and 0.1% petit verdot (because we love our petit verdot and we love to get finicky in our blending process).
12% Cabernet Sauvignon
.1% Petit Verdot
|Release Date:||August 2017|
California Grapevine: Volume 43, October 2017 - Rating: 91
Medium-dark ruby; herbal, spicy, strawberry and blackberry fruit aroma with hints of sage, lavender, green olive and graphite; full body; rich, ripe, firmly structured, dark berry fruit flavors with good depth and a hint of milk chocolate; full tannin; lingering aftertaste. While approachable now this youthful wine deserves a good three to five more years of bottle aging to round out. Very highly recommended.
Jeb Dunnuck: December 2017 - Rating: 90
The 2015 Merlot is similar to the 2014, only slightly riper, more supple and easy going. Black cherries, black raspberries, toasted spice, graphite and earth all emerge from this medium to full-bodied, nicely textured, balanced, incredibly charming 2015 that will last for a decade.