2018 Pride Mountain Napa-Sonoma Counties Merlot

SKU #1518966 93 points Vinous

Outer quote mark 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. (AG) Inner quote mark (2/2021)

92 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark 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. Inner quote mark (1/2021)

Connoisseurs Guide

Outer quote mark A little misleading insofar as its very primary aromas of juicy, near-pulpy, ripe cherry fruit send the signal that this will be a Merlot meant for fairly near-term drinking, this one turns out to be far firmer and more structured on the palate than anticipated, and its flavors are not nearly as obvious or accessibly fruity. Neither its firmness nor its fruity reticence should be of great concern given its tender age, but do set it aside for additional cellaring, and three or four years would seem a good start. Inner quote mark (4/2021)


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