Best Of The Best 2006: Magical Merlot

  • Brett Anderson

In a region of extraordinary beauty, no more beautiful place exists than the Spring Mountain area—a richly forested and wooded enclave, where the Pride family purchased Summit Ranch in 1989. Jim Pride, who passed away in 2004, was an experienced farmer who understood that true quality begins in the vineyards, not in the winery. His family—Carolyn, his wife, daughter Suzanne Pride Bryan, and son Steven Pride—carry on his tradition of excellence, with the help of Bob Foley, their winemaker and arguably one of the best in California. Foley’s magic touch shows in the riotously rich Pride Mountain Merlot Napa-Sonoma 2002, which floods the senses with blackberry, wild cherry, spice, and exotic woods, and gradually resolves into quieter, contemplative notes of chocolate and soft, smooth oak.

Pride Mountain Vineyards
707.963.4949
($50)
www.pridewines.com

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