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Pride Mountain Vineyards Red Bordeaux Blend Napa Valley Reserve Claret 1997

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The warm and early ripening season of 1997 brought us mountain claret varieties with unbelievable extraction and depth. The Merlot lots were no sooner pressed off when the Cabernets were harvested and fermented. In a vintage with such overall intensity of character, the most highly extracted wines, which were selected for the Reserves, were beyond belief. The Reserve Claret is essentially 2/3 Merlot and 1/3 Cabernet Sauvignon, but a trace of Petit Verdot spiced the blend and lengthened the finish. These are wines for lovers of structure!

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Pride Mountain Vineyards:
People immediately understand why the winery estate was previously named "Summit Ranch." The twisting twenty-minute drive west from St. Helena, or east from Santa Rosa, rewards visitors with a stunning view of rugged Mount St. Helena to the northeast and verdant vineyards rising skyward in all directions. Pride Mountain Vineyards is a 235-acre estate with a wooden-beamed, modest-sized winery ... Read more
People immediately understand why the winery estate was previously named "Summit Ranch." The twisting twenty-minute drive west from St. Helena, or east from Santa Rosa, rewards visitors with a stunning view of rugged Mount St. Helena to the northeast and verdant vineyards rising skyward in all directions. Pride Mountain Vineyards is a 235-acre estate with a wooden-beamed, modest-sized winery that blends smoothly into its mountainous surroundings and California heritage. The charming and unpretentious tasting room offers guests the opportunity to sample the latest vintages while chatting with the gracious and knowledgeable staff. County regulations require that visitors hold a prior appointment. Read less
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External Reviews for Pride Mountain Vineyards Red Bordeaux Blend Napa Valley Reserve Claret

External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
09/22/2010

(aging in about 60% new oak, up from 50% previously; this is the first vintage crushed and made at the estate) Full medium ruby. Rich yet cool aromas of blackberry, violet, licorice and bitter chocolate. Dense and rich, with sharply delineated flavor... Stephen Tanzer's IWC. A Proprietary Blend wine from California in USA. 1997 Pride Mountain Vineyards Reserve Claret 750ml


External Review
Source: Luxurious Drinks
08/18/2012

Luxurious Drinks offers you: Wine - red - 1997 - Pride Mountain Claret Reserve - USA - Region: California - Apellation: Napa Valley - Merlot blend - 750 ml.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
01/16/2009

Full dark ruby. Sappy, bright aromas of blackberry, cassis and violet. Powerfully structured, dense and tightly wrapped. The new oak component contributes to the wine's impressive tannic clout. Still, this wine's superb intensity and persistence sugg... Stephen Tanzer. A Proprietary Blend wine from California in USA. 1997 Pride Mountain Vineyards Reserve Claret 750ml


External Review
Source: Luxurious Drinks
09/26/2013

Red wine - 1997 - Pride Mountain Claret Reserve - USA - Region: California - Apellation: Napa Valley - Merlot blend - 750 ml.



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The warm and early ripening season of 1997 brought us mountain claret varieties with unbelievable extraction and depth. The Merlot lots were no sooner pressed off when the Cabernets were harvested and fermented. In a vintage with such overall intensity of character, the most highly extracted wines, which were selected for the Reserves, were beyond belief. The Reserve Claret is essentially 2/3 Merlot and 1/3 Cabernet Sauvignon, but a trace of Petit Verdot spiced the blend and lengthened the finish. These are wines for lovers of structure!

466 cases produced.

Aged in French Oak.

Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 14.1%

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