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Pride Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2002

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So, you just had a bottle of our 2001 Cab and don’t think anything else can measure up? Think again! The 2002 is another powerhouse of a wine; profoundly extracted, opaque in the glass - the pure essence of mountain grown Cabernet Sauvignon. Nearly 100% varietal with just a splash of Petit Verdot, the aroma of ripe black cherry is a near knockout before expansive flavors of cherry and chocolate, cedar and espresso flood the palate. Voluptuous with smooth, fine tannins and an incredible finish, given the proper attention this is a bottle that could last you well into the night.

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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

Member Reviews for Pride Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

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Snooth User: 97mjr
339902,159
0.00 5
03/04/2009

purple color. medium-bodied. dark sweet fruit, chocolate. fine tannins


Snooth User: Mike Pobega
125081448
4.00 5
02/25/2009

Beautiful color. This needed the hour decant time I gave it as out of the gate there was an unbalanced disjointed quality that I did not care for. 1 hour later; The nose is pretty cassis as well as petroleum-refinery (a la Latour). Maybe a bit candied as well. The palate reveals a nicely balanced lush & quiet fruit bomb. There is both red and dark fruits (currant, blackberry, blackcherries, and plum) as well as tar, licorice, coffee-bean, and the Foley toasted oak.....but resrtrained. The acid level is a bit high and there is a certain sweetness evident that does not detract. There is also some sediment. The tannins seem to be resolving nicely. A nice 30 second aftertaste finished up a very nice deftly made wine.


Snooth User: WINE DISCOVERY
23292242
5.00 5
08/11/2009

This is one of my favorite wineries. All of their reds are FANTASTIC. I have not tried their whites yet, but im working on it.


Snooth User: danieljohn
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4.00 5
02/27/2008

Four glasses


External Reviews for Pride Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

External Review
05/19/2011

Spice, red currant and blackberry aromas. Turns taut and firm on the palate, with mouthcoating tannins. Hints of mocha and vanilla bean add a nice flavor dimension, and on the finish the fruit and tannins shine through. Best from 2009 through 2014.


External Review
05/19/2011

The 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve (a blend of equal parts Napa and Sonoma fruit) offers abundant quantities of crème de cassis notes, medium to full body, a big, beefy, smoky character intermixed with scorched earth, coffee, and blackberries, and a rich, dense, smooth style. Drink this superb Cabernet over the next 12-15 years.


External Review
05/19/2011

Rich and complex, brimming with dense, opulent yet elegant layers of mocha, black cherry, blackberry and wild berry fruit that's pure, focused, deep and persistent, ending with mouthcoating flavors and ripe, fleshy tannins. Drink now through 2015.


External Review
05/19/2011

Saturated, medium ruby. High-pitched nose dominated by black cherry and minerals. Then almost shockingly sweet and creamy in the mouth, like an essence of dark mountain berries and bright minerality. Remarkably pure for a wine at this level of density. Finishes with major but sweet tannins that should carry the wine for 15 to 20 years.


External Review
05/19/2011

The 1997 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve pushes richness to unreal levels. Despite its intense, full-bodied, ultra-concentrated style, it possesses a sense of balance and definition. The color is a saturated inky purple. The aromatics consist of lead pencil shavings, minerals, blackberries, cassis and flowers. Extremely full-bodied, with amazing purity, mouth-coating richness, sweet tannin, and low acidity, it offers profound drinking even though it has not yet begun to develop secondary nuances. Anticipated maturity: 2003-2025.


External Review
05/19/2011

The 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve (100% Cabernet Sauvignon) must be tasted to be believed. A black/purple color to the rim is accompanied by gorgeous scents of creme de cassis, incense, liquid minerals, and graphite. This profound offering is extremely full-bodied as well as rich with high but sweet tannin that coats the palate. Fasten your seatbelts if you're going to taste a bottle of this wine. It was still in barrel when I tasted it, and since it does not get fined or filtered, what I tasted is what the consumer will get. Beg, borrow, steal, cajole, or sell your most prized possessions, but be sure to get a bottle or two of this wine. It is a potential legend in the making. Give this exciting dry red 4-5 years of cellaring, and drink it over the following three decades. Drink 2007-2038. Pride Mountain Vineyards = brilliance in the bottle!


External Review
05/19/2011

Good red-ruby. Roasted red currant, mocha, licorice, dark chocolate and menthol on the nose; clearly riper than the regular cabernet. Then big, chewy, broad and deep, with powerful flavors of currant, chocolate, mocha and tobacco, sweetened by oak. Finishes impressively long, with big, broad, horizontal tannins.


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So, you just had a bottle of our 2001 Cab and don’t think anything else can measure up? Think again! The 2002 is another powerhouse of a wine; profoundly extracted, opaque in the glass - the pure essence of mountain grown Cabernet Sauvignon. Nearly 100% varietal with just a splash of Petit Verdot, the aroma of ripe black cherry is a near knockout before expansive flavors of cherry and chocolate, cedar and espresso flood the palate. Voluptuous with smooth, fine tannins and an incredible finish, given the proper attention this is a bottle that could last you well into the night.

Dietary Information: Organic

5096 cases produced.

Aged in French Oak.

Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 14.5%

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