2003 Pride Mountain "Mountain Top Vineyard Vintner Select" Sonoma County Merlot
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Good red-ruby. Captivating high-toned, liqueur-like aromas of cherry and chocolate. Sweet to the point of unctuous, with concentrated, expressive red fruit and chocolate flavors of impressive depth. Finishes very long and sweet, with big but lush tannins. (ST)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The outstanding 2003 Merlot Vintner’s Select Mountaintop Vineyard exhibits a dense ruby/purple color in addition to a generous nose of toffee, berry fruit, espresso roast, and toasty oak, supple tannin, and a lush, opulent, fruity, complex style. (RP)
Wine & Spirits
Gentle and round, this wine's flavors are ripened to the warmth of prunes and chocolate. It's intense, smoky and thick, the flavors paralleling zin more than merlot.
Rich, supple and harmonious, with fleshy currant, blackberry and plum flavors that are thick and mouthcoating. Shows a chocolate-mocha edge. Firms up on the finish, with a dash of heat and firm, chewy tannins.