Pride Mountain Merlot 2018, 375ml, Napa Valley California

2018 Vintage – 88% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2016 Merlot offers enticing aromas of plum, cherry pits, menthol, dried flowers, while subtle mesquite excites the senses. But it is the silky textural pleasure in the mouth that grabs your attention, offering a seamless transition from start to finish. There is enough acidity to suggest great food pairing and long-term aging potential, but it will be hard to wait on this beauty. Flavors include chocolate covered cherries and earthy spices. “The five blocks of merlot grapes that contribute to this blend were night-harvested on October 11th, 18th, 21st, 22nd and 24th of 2016. The wines were fermented separately in stainless steel vats for 10 – 25 days before being gently pressed and racked to French oak barrels, 40% new. To the unctuous, dark-hued core of merlot, we blended in 15% cabernet sauvignon from our 36-year-old Rock Arch block, the oldest block on our estate (and also the source of our Reserve Cabernet), as well as just a kiss of petit verdot.” – from the Winery