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Pride Mountain Merlot 2019
Vinous 93
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.

Jeb Dunnuck 90
The classic 2019 Merlot comes 70% from Napa County and 30% from Sonoma County. It offers more black cherry and ... read more
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Size:750mL (wine)
Alcohol by vol:14.4%
Closure:Cork
Item Description
Vinous 93
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.

Jeb Dunnuck 90
The classic 2019 Merlot comes 70% from Napa County and 30% from Sonoma County. It offers more black cherry and darker fruits as well as Bordeaux-like notes of cedarwood, damp earth, and spice. Medium-bodied on the palate, nicely balanced, and textured, it has a firmer edge that's going to soften with a year or two of bottle age. It should drink nicely through 2029.

Winemaker Notes
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.

Blend: 91% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon
About Pride Mountain Winery
People immediately understand why the winery estate was previously named "Summit Ranch."

The twisting twenty-minute drive west from St. Helena, or east from Santa Rosa, rewards visitors with a stunning view of rugged Mount St. Helena to the northeast and verdant vineyards rising skyward in all directions.

Pride Mountain Vineyards is a 235-acre estate with a wooden-beamed, modest-sized winery that blends smoothly into its mountainous surroundings and California heritage. The charming and unpretentious tasting room offers guests the opportunity to sample the latest vintages while chatting with the gracious and knowledgeable staff. County regulations require that visitors hold a prior appointment.

Those joining the Pride Mountain crew for a morning tour can also enjoy the property's other unique features. Beside the winery, the crush pad is bisected by a brick inlay that defines the Napa/Sonoma County line. Walking into the caves, the temperature drops to the high 50s, humidity rises, and the visitor is greeted with the heady aromas of wine and oak. Over 23,000 square feet of subterranean storage winds naturally under the hillside, opening out onto a terrace overlooking the vineyards and the scenic northern Napa Valley.

Back into the bright sun, then down a single lane road, the ruin of the original Summit Ranch winery, built in 1890, looms through the fir and oak trees. The four walls are now silent but provide a peaceful spot for a post-tasting picnic.

The Pride family has reason to be pleased with the combination of restoration and innovation, of form and function, and hopes each visitor leaves with a warmer and better understanding of winemaking.

What makes our wines and winery distinct is the location of our eighty-five vineyard acres that are draped across the gentle rolling crest of the Mayacamas Mountains some 2000 feet above the floor of the Napa Valley.

Our vines receive roughly 27% more ultraviolet light compared to vines in level vineyards on the surrounding valley floors; this breaks down as 9% due to the angle of sun relative to our south-facing slopes, 8% due to being at higher altitude, 8% due to being above the fog layer and 2% due to not having morning and afternoon shadows from adjacent hills and mountains. Having more light on the grapes results in tannin and phenolic anti-oxidant levels in our red grapes that are measured to be roughly 25% higher than red grapes in the surrounding valleys; this is the main contributor to the broad-shouldered "mountain character" our red wines possess. Although we receive a lot more sunshine, we are on average about 10% cooler than in Rutherford on the floor of the Napa Valley (as measured by something called "growing degree days"). In the summer and early fall, we start each morning quite warm (between 65 and 75F) but have relatively cool afternoons (between 80 and 90F), averaging only a 15F difference between the morning low and the afternoon high; this can be compared to a 40F diurnal temperature swing in the Napa Valley. So although we produce boldly-structured and boldly-flavored reds due to all the sunshine on our mountaintop, the fruit does not ripen faster than in the valleys and we are able to maintain nice acidity levels and varietal character through to harvest. Surprisingly, the soils in our vineyards are relatively deep despite being on the very crest of the Mayacamas Mountains. Our volcanic loam soils are rich in clay and we receive a lot of winter rain, averaging 65 inches each year, which is roughly double that in the surrounding valleys; in some winters, we can exceed 100 inches of rain. So our vines really like to grow early each growing season and one of our main viticultural challenge each vintage is to control any excess canopy vigor. Once the growing season progresses and the soils finally dry out, any water we place on the vines comes entirely from our three ponds that collect winter rain that would otherwise have flowed to the ocean. Dripping winter runoff back into the watershed in the summer is a net good for the ground-water health within our watershed.

We are blessed with an amazing growing site that also happens to be beautiful. We encourage you to walk around our property during your next visit and to form a direct visceral connection between the interesting growing conditions on our mountaintop to the wines that you taste out of bottle.
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