2018 Merlot

The incredible quality of the 2018 vintage is on full display in our Estate Merlot. The wine is sensationally dense with ripe plum, boysenberry, and blackberry that leap out of the glass and coat the palate. The smooth, rich fruit is complemented by milk chocolate, fresh tobacco, sandalwood, black licorice, violet, and mocha. The choreography of how the voluptuous fruit wraps around the volcanic minerality while merging with the velvety tannins makes for an intriguing ballet in the mouth that simply leaves you wanting more. Decant for one hour to let this beautiful peacock strut its stuff! 

Ripening over a nearly identical window of time as our cabernet franc and treated with similar winemaking techniques, our five merlot blocks were harvested between October 17th and November 8th, fermented in stainless vat and aged for a year in French oak, 40% new. To our merlot core, itself a blend of clones 3, 181 and 348, we added 12% cabernet sauvignon from three of our favorite vineyard blocks for structure and intensity, and just a kiss of cabernet franc to provide lift and complexity. 

Appellation: 83% Napa/ 17% Sonoma
Vintage: 2018
Harvest: October 2018
Fermentation: Stainless Steel
Cooperage: French Oak
Blend: 83% Merlot
12% Cabernet Sauvignon
5% Cabernet Franc
Alcohol: 14.2%
Bottling: April 2020
Production: 4538 cases
Release Date: July 2020
Release Price: $65.00


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  • Jeb Dunnuck: Napa Valley's 2018s - Rating: 92

    Merlot excelled in 2018, and Pride's 2018 Merlot offers a beautiful, medium to full-bodied, plump, rounded style that's a joy to drink. Giving up lots of redcurrants, black cherries, tobacco leaf, earth, and chocolate, it has nicely integrated tannins and no hard edges. It's a gem to enjoy over the coming 7-8 years, if not upwards of a decade or more.

  • Antonio Galloni Vinous: January 2021 - Rating: 93

    The 2018 Merlot is another very pretty wine in this part of the Pride range. Plump and juicy, with mid-weight structure, the 2018 is gorgeous right out of the gate. Succulent black cherry, plum, mocha, licorice and spice all flesh out effortlessly, with bright acids that keep the flavors lively. The restrained style is so appealing.