Pride Mountain Merlot 2019, 375ml, Napa Valley California

2019 Vintage – 91% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon. “The 2019 Estate Merlot sees the first fruit of our newly replanted Rocky Top block in the blend. Rocky Top furthers our obsession with the way Clone 3 expresses itself on the ranch. The wine is both plush and lifted, with ripe plum and black cherry, sage brush, citrus zest, star anise, and floral tones. The rich fruit is balanced the classic Pride Mountain dark, slatey earthiness and lovely mineral tension. Sweet vanilla, subtle baking spices, and fine grained tannins give way to a fragrantly floral finish.” “Pride Mountain Vineyards sits high atop Napa Valley’s Spring Mountain, at the site of the historic Summit Ranch, where wine grapes have been grown since 1885. There is another unique and interesting feature to the Pride estate. At the crest of the Mayacamas Mountains, we are on the Napa-Sonoma county line. For this reason, our wines often carry a Napa-Sonoma designation. Most of the wines are estate, but because we rest in two AVAs, we may not use the ‘Estate’ moniker on our wines. Far from regional blends, Pride wines are emblematic of our mountaintop terroir and unique position both within two counties and also as a place unto ourselves.”