This fine-value Merlot exhibits excellent structure and a long, rich finish. The fresh blackberry aroma adds layers of flavor to the sweet chocolate and palatable spices. You will find that its modest tannins and its concentrated flavors make a pleasant accompaniment with pasta and beef dishes. This tasty Merlot was slowly aged for 16 months in 100% French oak barrels and blended with a small amount of Cabernet Sauvignon from Switchback Ridge/Peterson Vineyard. The combination of 95% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon blend creates just the perfect balance for your palate.
Cloaked in rich, toasty, mocha-scented oak, with a tasty range of plum, cherry and currant fruit that is rich and complex, unfolding gracefully to reveal extra flavor nuances. Long, intricate aftertaste. New from Lawrence Cortez and Romel Rivera, assistant winemaker at Pride. Drink now through 2009.