Red

2017 Pride Mountain Vineyards Merlot

Merlot

  • USA
  • California
  • North Coast
  • Napa / Sonoma

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Community Tasting Note

  • sirpat00 wrote: 91 points

    May 13, 2020 - Putzi's Napa 2017 new arrival tasting: A new Napa arrival tasting hosted by a wine merchant. A total of 30 wines mostly from 2017 (with a few 2018 whites and new releases from 2016 and 2015 in the mix) were presented in various price brackets ($40 to $200+). For 2017 my takeaways were 1) 2017 is already approachable and offers immediate drinking pleasure. But 2) the wines also came across lighter and less layered. 2017 doesn’t seem to have the refinement of 2016, the depth of 2014 or the muscular concentration of 2015. For many, it seems, finding a spot in the sun will be hard with 5 outstanding vintages before and likely 2 more (at least) right behind. There were notable exceptions of course. Wine of the night was Diamond Creek Volcanic Hill 2017 (95) and just whisker behind Viader 2017 (95). A very notable mention deserves the Detert East Block Cabernet Franc 2017 for its unique character (94).

    Tasting note:
    More dense and concentrated as a first impression when compared to Titus Merlot 2016 and Barnett Merlot 2017, but overall a light nose reminding me of cooled fruit tea. Ripe red cherry fruits, some sweet spices and fine notes of oak. A clean nose overall, but less so on the palate with coarse and a tad greenish tannins. Firm structure otherwise. Accessible and good to drink.

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  • srh commented:

    6/29/20, 2:55 PM - I *enjoyed* reading your take on this! :) As for your tasting story, KUDOS on the *incredible* amount of work you invested to brief us on ALL those wines! :)

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