Pride Mountain Merlot 2021

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14.40% /
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Vintage: 2021
  • MEL 92
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Crafted with the expertise of winemaker Matt Ward, the Pride Mountain Merlot 2021 from Pride Mountain Vineyards is a testament to the winery’s commitment to producing wines of exceptional character and quality. This exquisite blend, consisting of 88% Merlot and 12% Cabernet Sauvignon, showcases the unique terroir of the Mayacamas Mountains and the meticulous care that goes into each bottle of Pride Wines.

In the glass, this Pride Mountain Merlot presents a deep, inviting ruby hue, hinting at the richness and depth of the experience to follow. The visual appeal sets the stage for a complex and enticing aroma profile. At the forefront, you are greeted with the lush scents of blackberry and just-ripe plum, classic indicators of a well-crafted Merlot. These primary fruit aromas are beautifully complemented by intricate layers of bay leaf and dark chocolate, adding sophistication and intrigue to the bouquet.

As you take the first sip, the Pride Mountain Merlot 2021 reveals its true character. The palate is graced with a harmonious blend of flavors that echo its aromatic complexity. Black cherry notes emerge, offering a nod to Pinot Noir enthusiasts with its subtle yet unmistakable presence. These flavors are seamlessly woven with the earthy essence of a temperate forest, evoking a sense of place and authenticity. The wine’s structure and tension, a tribute to the abundant mountain sunshine of its vineyard origins, provide a backbone that will not only impress Cabernet Sauvignon aficionados but also ensure this wine’s graceful aging potential.

The Pride Mountain Merlot 2021 is more than a mere expression of fruit; it is a balanced interplay of power and elegance. Its well-integrated tannins and measured acidity contribute to a mouthfeel that is both luxurious and approachable. The wine’s finish is long and satisfying, leaving a lasting impression that invites contemplation and enjoyment.

This Pride Mountain Merlot is an ideal companion to a wide range of culinary experiences, enhancing flavors and elevating the dining experience. Its versatility and depth make it suitable for immediate enjoyment, yet it possesses the gravitas to mature beautifully over the next 15 years or more.

In summary, the Pride Mountain Merlot 2021 is a remarkable representation of what Pride Mountain Vineyards stands for: excellence in winemaking, a deep respect for the land, and a dedication to crafting wines that embody the essence of their mountain origins. This wine is not just a drink, but an experience, offering a perfect balance of power and elegance that resonates with every sip.


Weight 3.5 lbs


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MEL 92

Mel's Notes

Color: The Pride Mountain Merlot 2021 displays a rich, deep ruby color, suggestive of its depth and complexity.

Nose: On the nose, this wine offers an enticing array of aromas. Dominant scents of blackberry and just-ripe plum are evident, layered with nuanced hints of bay leaf and dark chocolate. This bouquet is further enriched with subtle undertones of black cherry and earthy elements reminiscent of a temperate forest.


  • Flavor Profile: The palate is greeted with a harmonious blend of black cherry and ripe plum, alongside the deeper notes of dark chocolate and bay leaf. These flavors meld together to create a sophisticated and rich taste profile.
  • Body of the Wine: This Merlot exhibits a medium to full body, showcasing a luxurious mouthfeel that is both robust and elegantly structured.
  • Tannin Structure: The tannins are well-integrated and smooth, contributing to the wine's balanced and approachable nature.
  • Sweetness Levels: While primarily dry, the natural fruitiness of the Merlot grape imparts a perception of subtle sweetness.
  • Acidity Levels: The wine has a moderate level of acidity, which adds freshness and balance, enhancing its overall drinkability.

Food Pairings:

The Pride Mountain Merlot 2021 pairs exceptionally well with a variety of dishes. The wine's rich flavor profile and smooth tannins make it an ideal match for roasted meats like lamb or beef, as well as grilled vegetables. Its subtle sweetness and moderate acidity can complement dishes with a hint of caramelization or a savory glaze. For a cheese pairing, opt for medium to strong cheeses such as Gouda or Blue Cheese, which will harmonize with the wine's depth and complexity.

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Nestled high in the Mayacamas Mountains, straddling the border of Napa and Sonoma counties, lies Pride Mountain Vineyards, a 235-acre estate renowned for its exceptional wines and breathtaking views. This illustrious winery, a testament to the harmony of nature and human ingenuity, stands as a beacon of quality and innovation in the world of viticulture. The story of Pride Mountain Wines begins with the acquisition of Summit Ranch in 1989 by Jim and Carolyn Pride. This marked a new chapter for the land, which had a rich history dating back to 1885 when Edward Hirschler first planted wine grapes here. The original winery, known as Summit Wines, was built in 1890 and, despite its subsequent decline during Prohibition, the site's legacy persisted. In the 1950s, the land saw a resurgence...check our brand Pride Mountain Wines
Merlot, a red wine grape variety, boasts a rich heritage intertwined with Bordeaux and the southwest of France. Revered for its versatility, Merlot is equally at home in easy-drinking reds and renowned labels from regions like Saint-Emilion and Pomerol, epitomized by the sought-after Petrus from Pomerol. Globally, it ranks as the second most cultivated red grape variety, only surpassed by Cabernet Sauvignon, showcasing its widespread acclaim. Merlot's success is attributed to its adaptability to various climates and soil profiles. In Bordeaux, it thrives, particularly in Saint-Émilion and Pomerol, owing to its reliable ripening. Beyond France, Merlot has made its mark in regions such as northern Italy, southern Switzerland, the United States (notably California and Washington),...Please check Merlot for more information

Winemaker of Pride Mountain Merlot 2021

Matt Ward Winemaker

Matt Ward

Matt Ward, the winemaker at Pride Mountain Vineyards, embodies the essence of dedication, passion, and innovation in the art of winemaking. His journey, marked by relentless pursuit of knowledge and a deep love for viticulture, has positioned him at the helm of one of the most esteemed wineries in Northern California. Ward's path to becoming a revered winemaker began with a bold move in 2010 when he left his Midwestern roots behind to chase his winemaking dream in Northern California. His initial steps in Sonoma County's Dry Creek Valley, under the guidance of Kerry Damskey, saw him swiftly ascend from the production ranks to the role of a cellarmaster. This crucial phase of his career was defined by a hands-on approach and an unwavering commitment to learning the intricacies of... More Products
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California stands as a beacon in the world of wine, its sprawling vineyards and diverse terroir producing some of the finest vintages globally. With a history spanning over two centuries, this wine region has evolved from humble beginnings to a powerhouse of viticulture. The roots of Californian viticulture stretch back to the 18th century when European settlers and missionaries introduced the Mission grape, which became a cornerstone of the state's wine heritage. The 20th century brought challenges like Prohibition and economic turmoil, stalling progress. However, the post-World War II era sparked a... ...Check Region for more information

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