Full ripe rich aromas and textures are married with the sweet spice of the finest French oak barrels. The fine balance and extraordinarily dark ruby hue assure that our Merlot will continue to develop in the bottle for years to come. Cellar and serve at 58º for maximum enjoyment.

Growing Conditions

Pride Mountain Vineyards is located on the very top of Spring Mountain, above 2,000 feet in elevation, at the site of the historic Summit Ranch. The original winery building dating back to 1890 still stands. Currently 58 acres of vines produce grapes for our Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, Viognier and Petit Verdot.
The length of the ripening season contributed to the extraordinary character of the 1996 wines.

Regions: Napa.

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The Merlot was harvested in mid-October at full fruit development and the Cabernet Sauvignon harvest extended into mid-November.


Bottled: April 1998


Fermentation: Stainless steel.


Select French Oak.