1998 Pride Mountain Napa-Sonoma Counties Merlot (1.5L)
Sleek and elegant, the wine is blessed with fine tannins and supple texture, and its blackberry, plum, cassis, chocolate and herb flavors flood the palate in a rush that finishes long and luxuriously. Top-notch Merlot.
*Top 10 of 2000, Spectator Selection* Impressive. Espresso-style, deeply concentrated Merlot, boasting a core of rich currant, coffee, black cherry and anise. Firms up on the finish, where a touch of bay leaf adds complexity to the flavor profile.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The dark ruby/purple-colored 1998 Merlot (a blend of 64% Napa and 36% Sonoma fruit) exhibits copious quantities of toasty new oak in the bouquet in addition to deep, chewy, blackberry and cherry aromas. There is excellent richness, medium to full body, adequate acidity, and a forward appeal. (RP)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Deep ruby. Briary cassis, blackberry and nutty oak on the nose. Lush, sweet flavors of blackberry, black cherry and melting chocolate. Fat and delicious. Finishes with dusty tannins and a trace of mint. (ST)