2001 Pride Merlot

2001 Pride Merlot

In a word – WOW! Had you heard the 2001 vintage was supposed to be a blockbuster and wondered if it was all it was cracked up to be? You betcha. Our location at 2100’ and emphasis on true physiological ripeness of the berries means that we consistently produce outstanding wines. In a vintage like this, our wines are mind-blowing. (Okay, we’re being a little modest.) Here in the 2001 Merlot, the proof is in the glass. Inky black in color and profusely aromatic, cassis and chocolate shout from the glass. Take that first sip and ripe dark cherries and roasted coffee beans explode in your mouth, while the weight of the wine permeates your gums. Meaty and texturally dense, this is a wine to chew.

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Appellation: Napa/ Sonoma
Vintage: 2001
Harvest: October 2001
Fermentation: Stainless Steel
Cooperage: French Oak
Blend: 100% Merlot
Alcohol: 14.1%
Bottling: April 2003
Production: 5320 cases
Release Date: May 2003
Release Price:


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  • Wine Spectator Weekly: September 11 2013 - Rating: 93

    A beautifully crafted, exquisitely balanced Merlot, rich in spicy currant, exotic spice and ripe blackberry fruit, turning spicy and exhibiting pretty mocha-scented oak, and finishing with a long, broad, rich aftertaste. Drink now through 2010.

  • The Wine Advocate: December 23, 2003 Page 38 - Rating: 92

    A good introduction to the Pride Mountain Style is the 2001 Merlot (4,000 cases) made from their vineyard that straddles the Napa and Sonoma County Line. Hence this cuvee is composed of 55% Napa and 45% Sonoma fruit. A big, structured, inky-purple-colored offering, it possesses gorgeous aromas of creosote, damp earth, sweet black cherry as well as currant fruit, and a chocolately aftertaste. Rich and intense, with the wood well in check, this sumptuous Merlot is top-notch.

  • Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar: May/June 2004 - Rating: 92

    Good dark red. Smoky aromas of black raspberry, coffee and nutty oak. Lush, fat, & sweet, with layered flavors of black raspberry and sweet oak. Quintessential Pride Merlot, with strong fruit complemented but not overwhelmed by 100% new oak.