2019 Merlot

Red and black fruit aromas range from cherry to plum to currant with minerally slate and darker subtle notes of caramel, licorice and tar adding intrigue. The palate possesses a sensuous roundness so typical of great merlot with a beautiful lithe energy echoing with the dark flavors on the long finish.

Those familiar with our most limited wines may know that here at Pride we have a fanatical appreciation for Clone 3 merlot as expressed on our property. Our Reserve Claret and Vintner Select Merlot have always been built entirely from this clone. In 2015 we replanted our sun-drenched Rocky Top block to Clone 3 merlot and 2019 marks the first time that this fantastic Rocky Top lot is contributing significantly to our estate Merlot blend. Finished with 9% cabernet sauvignon from the Napa side of our estate, this is a wine to be savored for years to come.

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Appellation: 70% Napa/ 30% Sonoma
Vintage: 2019
Harvest: October 2019
Fermentation: Stainless Steel
Cooperage: French Oak
Blend: 91% Merlot
9% Cabernet Sauvignon
Alcohol: 14.4%
Bottling: April 2021
Production: 4370 cases
Release Date: August 2021
Release Price: $65.00


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  • Vinous: January 2022 - Rating: 93

    The 2019 Merlot is very pretty in this vintage. Floral and spice notes give the Merlot a striking aromatic upper register that is both distinctive and alluring. Sweet red cherry, cinnamon and rose petal all build nicely in the glass. Best of all, the Pride Merlot will drink well right out of the gate.

  • Robert Parker Wine Advocate: May 2023 Week 1, The Wine Advocate - Rating: 91

    A 70-30 blend of fruit from Napa and Sonoma, the 2019 Merlot includes 9% Cabernet Sauvignon. The nose offers up hints of mint, cherry tomatoes and redcurrants, plus some riper notions of cherries and raspberries, while the medium to full-bodied palate is smooth and supple, marked by ripe, easygoing tannins and a softly dusty finish. The wine is already approachable but should drink well for close to a decade.