I've struggled with a number of Pride wines since Foley's departure, but this isn't one of them. Dark purple pour, seems watery at the edge. Mature and sweet mountain fruit on the nose along with vanilla and light toast. Extremely drinkable with the finest-grains of tannin, more sweet/ ripe dark fruit, and a 10-15 second finish. Nearly ideal now, open by 2016 to avoid degradation.
- Garnet color and aromas of eucalyptus, blackberry and burnt toast and has flavours of eucalyptus, blackberry, black currant, chocolate and vanilla - Drank w/Kathy E, Kathy A, Besty and Sandy. Was good, but needed time to open and let the Eucalyptus lighten up. Was good, but not best effort at this point.
Hmmm...what to drink with truffle & foie gras burgers? Many choices. Need to go American. A cab would be over-powering, however will a Merlot stand up to the richness?? So many questions. But leave it to the carefully cultivated mountain fruit of Pride. There was no competition between the burgers and the wine- just complete harmony. The wine is drinking perfectly right now. Soft and luscious tannins wrap around your tongue. Berries are first and foremost. Then a touch of sweetness - just enough to think of hot chocolate on a cold winter's day. Then a smooth infusion of minerals. Glad we have another bottle of this. Let's see how it does in the future - to be continued...
Really beautiful bottle. This Merlot is a Cab drinkers Merlot. Great dark purple upon pour, with a vibrant black berry and currant nose. Some floral effect. The mouthfeel was very elegant, smooth, and velvety, but this has some real strength to it, that makes it a lot more like solid cabernet. Nice dusty cocoa effects on the mid-palate to finish. really nice depth and medium to long finish. Really wish I could get more of this juice. Well worth the price point, in fact, so much better than most Calif Cabs at this price point.
Mountain fruit on the nose; with time in the glass the tannins and structure fade but the ripe dark fruit flavors linger. Will retaste tomorrow, but thought at present is to drink remaining bottles by 2016 at latest.
Not the flabby merlots poked fun at in Sideways. Pride is an excellent example of why merlots are edging back into the mainstream.
The 2007 (and all of Pride's merlots) is a big wine oriented towards those who like the California "fruit bombs". However, the mocha-cherry notes are well balanced enough to garner broader appeal. One key highlight includes the "density" behind this wine which which is a true standout to competitors in its field, giving it a lot of texture and feel.
The $55 pricepoint is a touch steep for the variety, but this transgression can be forgiven due to the unique nature and high impact of this wine.
initial very dense/bright/sweet mixed pomegranate, cherry and black raspberry; some herb and moderate complexity/structure add to the mix; not overdone at all; worked perfectly with the BBQ lamb rack, but not with the ribs/sweet sauce; reminds me that merlot can be memorable.
Interesting to read the varied notes of tasters. I opened a magnum on Christmas Eve for a 2 night drink. First night, poured through the Vinturi. This wine is spectacular - drinking really well right now. Intense berries on the nose. Smooth, well integrated tannins. Nice long finish. I did not detect the alcohol that others noted. Day two was just as good with no Vinturi required. This is a really good Cali Merlot - good example of how good Merlot can be.
Decanted through a Vinturi 5 hours before tasting. Very nice now, but needs some time as structure still slightly too noticeable. Round, soft texture with pretty fruit / herb / spice flavors that are quite forward then joined by creamy chocolate notes.
Rich mixed berry nose with hints of milk chocolate. Wine is deep purple, concentrated, dark plum-like fruit that is wonderfully balanced and delicious. This is an excellent Merlot that will likely get even smoother over the next few years.
One of the best american merlots i've had. Just enough oak, spice, warmth, touch of sweetness, and long finish to be fully balanced. Drank out of a solo cup, and still quite enjoyable, but not adequate for a fully descriptive tasting note.
First day did not like this much because strong alcohol dominated. Second day was much better as more balanced and flavorful. Think this is in same class as a Shafer, but has somewhat more character to it.
Deep purple in the glass, and a big bouquet of fruit and spice. Full bodied chewiness lingers for about a minute. Still a bit tannic, I would give this a couple more years. Like all pride merlot, it's a bit bigger than you'd expect.
Big, dark, and inky. Well concentrated with a bit of chewy tannins and some good spice notes. Definitely a modern style Merlot. Maybe just a touch of oak showing, but fairly well integrated. Should have plenty of time left and get better over the years.
Pop and pour, consumed over 3+ hours. Slightest hints of green and oak on the nose, dominated by ripe black fruit. Just enough tannin to provide the needed backbone and depth, but not overpowering; its well-resolved and readily approachable today but makes me wonder about its longevity. But that won't detract from its enjoyability factor at present. IMO, this is the best wine from Pride since Foley left.
Big monster of a Merlot that is a bit overdone in my opinion. Too opulent and over oaked. Like a really pretty girl with too much make-up on. The high alcohol is not integrated or in balance. There is great fruit here, but the winemaking is more about "house-style" than letting the vines speak.
Popped and let breathe in glass for about 30 minutes. Good core of red and black fruit with some coffee or mocha. Finish ends with some unresolved tannins, but overall still very balanced and drinking well. A few more years and I think this will be spectacular.
Elevates above the gummy jamminess objections one might have to Merlot. This has powerful fruit and spice, like a very good Napa cab, and offers an intensely pleasurable merlot dark fruit flavor and a very smooth and lasting finish. Stole the show at a Christmas Eve dinner that featured roast goose, a stuffing of prunes and foie gras, a rich port gravy and usual dinner sides.
You can spend a lot more money trying some of the nouveau labels out of Napa/Sonoma, but why would you? These wines are always surprisingly good. We opened to drink with dinner, but half of it was gone by the time we sat down.
From 375. Wow, very impressive. Great nose with black currants, touch of plum, cedar spice and hints of coffee and vanilla. Palate is lush, forward, with a fine spine of acidity. Dark fruit profile thats quite deep with some pipe tobacco leaf. Leads into a lengthy finish, turning slightly sweet with cassis and a touch of vanilla. This screams California, but they nailed the balanced between ripeness, fruit, and oak. Very accessible today, but should add complexity over next 5yrs.
Bright, generous and lively. Candied cherry and blackberry fruit with lavender spice in the lengthy finish. Not at all darkly fruited and far from heavy with no heat to speak of. Lacked a shade of aromatic complexity perhaps.
Decanted for about an hour before drinking over the course of a couple hours. Aroma of dark fruit, tobacco and vanilla. Taste has blackberry, chocolate, and some darker cherry. In general, a very soft wine, not tannic or overbearing in any way.
Pride Dinner (Fire Food and Drink, Cleveland Ohio): Very open and accessible. I really was afraid the oak would dominate this, but it seems toned down from the circa 2001 era which I like. Nice cherry and raspberry fruit. Some milk chocolate. While not devoid of oak, it come thru more as vanilla than a 2x4. Very nice balance. I am sure this will age quite well, but it drinks very well right now. Despite the ripe fruit, there is some finesse.
A cab lovers merlot. Plenty of dark fruit (plum, blueberry) and a healthy dose of oak. The tannins are smooth and not overpowering even in youth. not sure this has the heft to last another 10 years, but it is quite enjoyable now and for another 5.
Pop and pour, consumed over 3.5 hours. Dark fruit and lavender on the nose. Flavors still showed of the same, though (pleasantly) restrained compared to the nose. Little licorice or cherry cola, Medium-to-light in body, fine tannins are evident but give me some long-term concern. Nice wine but (no disrepect intended) not getting the wow-factor many others have to say about this. Maybe I just miss Foley as I've found Pride wines more restrained the last few years.
Friday Night Brown Bagger (Rich & Dana's): Deep garnet color. Notes of currants, plum and black fruit. Full bodied with slightly chewy tannins. Flavors of black fruit, herbs and tobacco. Nice finish. Guessed Cab Sauv.
Many nice reviews. What more can be said? The fruit and structure are as advertised, but I can't get past the fleshiness of it all. Superb, really. Outstanding Merlot effort! I may need to stick one of these in the cellar for later...
Drinks best when chilled to 65 degrees and has 3 hours breathing time. Finish is consistently 15 seconds plus. A very balanced and delicious wine, but not elegant or plush. Nice dusty and sour cherry components.
Decanted for three hours and finished the following day. Violet - black and a garnet rim. Candied plum, chocolate pudding, green olive and raw meat. Lush, dense and very complex. Although this is expressive with a kaleidoscope of flavor and aromas, the balance at the end really brings it all together. There's a solid backbone, while remaining polished and juicy. The finish is mouth-watering and long. Truly elite in the California Merlot spectrum, with evident structure, whilst remaining voluptuous. Very '03 Pomerol. Decanting is a must at this stage of development. Drink 2012 - 2018.
This is one of the best new-world Merlots I have ever had. My score could go up with later bottles, but this wine is worth getting and drinking. No reason to hold this as it's drinking beautifully. Decanted for an hour, but was amazing right out of the bottle. Concentrated and lush, could be confused with a modern-style Pomerol or even a super-ripe Napa cab. A great wine.
Deep Pride color. Huge nose of dark fruit and eucalyptus. Palate is glorious -- ripe cherry and blackberry fruit, oaky vanilla and well integrated alcohol. This is a brawler of a wine, merlot on steroids -- if you like this style (and I do), saddle up...
Popped and poured. Wave of dark chocolate, raisin, licorice, black fruit, but balanced by a refreshing acidity. This doesn't need food - it's a wine that eats like a meal. But great. Perfect accompaniment to post-dinner TV break.
Boom! Upfront yet complex this hits you immediately with a core of red and black fruit along with some slight cola. Body is medium, complex and palate drenching. Soft lingering finish. Cellar this one a bit more and the fruit will soften a bit more.
As Pride merlots go this is good, not great at this stage of maturity. Cherries and chocolate but a bit disjoint. Better with food,the fruit, adding a plummy note, came to the fore with pasta and tomato sauce dish. I'll try this again in 3 years. This could be very nice if it knits together with some time in the cellar.
Nose: Massive Cherry & Blueberry Fruit that is rich and jammy. Notes of chocolate and sweet oak. Palate: Full Bodied and quite rich, but the tanins are more tame than in prior vintages. Blueberry, Blackberry and some Sage/Oak flavors. Finish: Moderate and somewhat intense, but not overblown. Black Cherry is distinctive. Alcohol not nearly as persistant as the 2006 vintage.
Had at The Woods Restaurant in Macinac Island, MI. Cold and rainy night, but the wine kept everyone warmer.
California Wine Tasting Adventure; 8/2/2010-8/6/2010 (Napa, Sonoma): Tasted at winery. This was a bit reticent and subdued on the nose. Lush blueberry pie after some swirls in the glass. I thought this was over the top and too sweet. The standard merlot elements were a bit out of balance, but there was nice underlying concentration and this may evolve into something better than the current score. The mocha, blueberry and dense jammy fruits were all there, but this lacked focus.
Some sludge at the end as with all of the other 2007s I've tried, but still outstanding. Drank with the best prime new york steak I've seen in a long time grilled to perfection and oven fries with blue cheese dipping sauce. I love the simple things.
Popped and poured. Medium-plus purple hue. Aromas of blackberry, black currant, vanilla, brown sugar and spice. Medium-plus body. Shows quite youthful on the palate, with primary fruit flavors and hints of oak pushing through. With air, the flavors grow more pronounced in depth and scope and a very nice hint of minerals appears on the plus finish. The tannins are surprisingly refined yet slightly chalky at this point. This is different from the Bob Foley-era wines, seemingly possesses more finesse...yet still unmistakably Pride. Should open up with another 12-18 months in the cellar and drink well for 5+ years.
nose- blackberry liquer (reminiscent of the 2007 Paloma merlot), cocoa. Mouth - explosive concentrated dark fruit, with good acidity, sweet secondary flavors: cocoa, chocolate, caramel, all in harmonious balance
Pop and pour from a 375. Oak and faint cherry on the nose. A little dry mouthfeel, tightness of young wood, some spice and pepper on a bed of young red fruit. 18+ months should do wonders for helping this wine grow up into something really nice.
Real nice blackberries scents show along with a hint of black earth and some stems. The cherry flavors on the palate are quite bright and mixed in with dark blackberry flavors. A hint of something candied shows up on the mid palate. The structure is full, but the apparent sweetness persists through out the experience. It's kind of taffy-ish. Some nice acid shows up towards the end while the dark fruit fades fairly quickly.
I don't know what it is about Pride that causes me to lose discipline when the shipment comes. Every time, knowing better, I pop a btl as soon as the UPS guy leaves, just to see what it's like. In most cases, I kick myself (e.g. the 2006 Cab) because the wine is predictably disappointing upon deliver, while showing obvious potential for growth over time.
No early disappointment with this wine. It's a beauty, one of the best of a limited sample of Pride wines that I've had. Balance seems to be the hallmark of this bottle, even at this young age. Fragrant and forward nose of dark cherry and perfumed sweetness. On the palate, surprisingly elegant. Dark fruit made bright by a pleasant acidity, only to go dark again with just the right amount of oak. Relatively fine tannins on this finish, but not drying or overpowering. No sense of BIG oak that I got from the '06 Cab. Summary - more balanced and elegant than I expected. This almost seems to veer towards a 70s/80's style of Napa winemaking, which for my tastes is a very good thing.
This is a wine that will certainly get better with time, and I would not advocate opening now unless someone has the same need to satisfy their curiosity as I did tonight. Instead of having 4 btls of ""I wonder what I have", I now have 3 btls of "this is going to be really good when it grows up". I wish I had a case..