2016 Pride Merlot
Our 2016 Merlot offers enticing aromas of plum, cherry pits, menthol, dried flowers, while subtle mesquite excites the senses. But it is the silky textural pleasure in the mouth that grabs your attention, offering a seamless transition from start to finish. There is enough acidity to suggest great food pairing and long-term aging potential, but it will be hard to wait on this beauty. Flavors include chocolate covered cherries and earthy spices; what sets this rich and full wine apart, though, is the smoothness with which it caresses all corners of your mouth. No doubt, this wine will provide years of drinking pleasure.
The five blocks of merlot grapes that contribute to this blend were night-harvested on October 11th, 18th, 21st, 22nd and 24th of 2016. The wines were fermented separately in stainless steel vats for 10 – 25 days before being gently pressed and racked to French oak barrels, 40% new. To the unctuous, dark-hued core of merlot, we blended in 15% cabernet sauvignon from our 36-year-old Rock Arch block, the oldest block on our estate (and also the source of our Reserve Cabernet), as well as just a kiss of petit verdot.
15% Cabernet Sauvignon
1% Petit Verdot
|Release Date:||August 2018|
California Grapevine: April 2019
Medium to medium-dark ruby color; attractive, ripe, spicy, dark cherry, raspberry, and blackberry fruit aroma with hints of dark chocolate and dried flowers; full body; rich, fleshy, earthy, nicely balanced, red and black fruit flavors with undertones of toasty oak and some plushness in the mouthfeel; medium-full to full tannin; lingering aftertaste. Easy and enjoyable to drink now and over the next two to four years with ripe, spicy, fruit and relatively soft tannin. Very highly recommended. 14.5% alcohol; 4,404 cases; blended with 15% Cabernet Sauvignon (CS) and 1% Petit Verdot (PV); released August 2018. (Group Score: 16.5 of 20 points, 3 of 8 first-place votes/2 seconds/2 thirds; My Score: 17 [92 of 100 points], first place)