Pride Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2003

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Making their debut in 2003, our youngest Cabernet Sauvignon vines (located on the Sonoma portion of our mountaintop property) make a stunning contribution to the first Pride Cabernet bearing a label that indicates our estate’s unique position straddling the county line. (If you haven’t been here to stand on the crush pad with one foot in each county, it makes a great photo op!) Differing from the Pride Cab you know and love only in labeling, the bright cherry and clove aromas in this elegantly muscular wine indicate a thoroughly rich and ripe Cabernet. Cassis and currant flavors envelope the palate, framed by a full and even tannin spectrum. Enjoyable in its youth as all of the Pride wines are, ample acidity and brightness of fruit guarantee the long-term aging potential of this beautiful wine.

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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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Snooth User: Mike Pobega
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3.00 5
02/25/2009

2003 Pride Mountain Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa/SonomaDeep color. This wine seems like a hollow shell. Decent fruit, albeit a bit cloying. Short finish. Disappointing. This is not what I signed on for, and I may drop off since price is approaching $70 mark..


External Reviews for Pride Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

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Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

The opaque black/purple-colored 1997 Cabernet Sauvignon offers sensational notes of black currants, minerals, smoke, licorice, and new oak. Full-bodied, with fabulous extract and power, the acidity, tannin, and potentially harsh components are well-meshed with the wine's personality. This is a large, ripe, impeccably balanced Cabernet Sauvignon that achieved 14.1% alcohol naturally. Anticipated maturity: 2003-2020.


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Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

Black ruby to the rim. Vibrant aromas of blueberry, blackberry, black cherry, violet, espresso and cedary oak. Huge, lush and sweet; thick and mouthfilling, with very strong extract and firm supporting spine. A classic mountain-style fruit bomb, but with remarkably fine, sweet tannins. Very long and ripe on the aftertaste.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

When first poured, this Cabernet seems a bit stiff and awkward, but it soon blossoms into a lovely, harmonious wine, with massive fruit tending toward black cherry and dark plum. It should continue to improve for up to eight years in the bottle.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

Deliciously ripe and complex, overflowing with layers of exotic spice, mineral, sage, currant and blackberry, and finishing with a burst of flavor. Tannins are well-integrated. Drink now through 2010.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

Saturated ruby. Subtle, perfumed, slightly high-toned aromas of cassis and red currant; ripe and highly aromatic. Big, lush and dense, with superripe flavors of plum and graphite. Plenty of underlying structure. The tannins here are riper than those of the Franc, and the finish is long and smooth.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

With vineyards growing at an altitude in excess of 2100 feet, Pride specializes in huge, deep, mountain-grown Cabernet. Their 1996 Cabernet is quite vibrant, showing highly concentrated blackberry and deep black plum fruit, with added nuances of currant, cedar and a hint of pepper spice. The wine shows good depth. Although it has a bit more open fruit than most mountain-grown Cabernet, it is still firm and tannic enough to improve steadily in the cellar for nearly a decade. Excellent food pairings include mixed grill, venison, ripe heavy cheese and of course my favorite, a big, fat juicy steak.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

The outstanding 1998 Cabernet Sauvignon boasts a dark, ruby/purple color as well as surprising opulence for a wine from this vintage, admirable elegance, abundant black currant fruit, a dense, chewy, mid-palate, a fleshy texture, low acidity, and a tannic finish. It is a classic Cabernet Sauvignon with medium weight, as well as outstanding ripeness, richness, and balance. Drink it over the next 12 years.


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Making their debut in 2003, our youngest Cabernet Sauvignon vines (located on the Sonoma portion of our mountaintop property) make a stunning contribution to the first Pride Cabernet bearing a label that indicates our estate’s unique position straddling the county line. (If you haven’t been here to stand on the crush pad with one foot in each county, it makes a great photo op!) Differing from the Pride Cab you know and love only in labeling, the bright cherry and clove aromas in this elegantly muscular wine indicate a thoroughly rich and ripe Cabernet. Cassis and currant flavors envelope the palate, framed by a full and even tannin spectrum. Enjoyable in its youth as all of the Pride wines are, ample acidity and brightness of fruit guarantee the long-term aging potential of this beautiful wine.

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4210 cases produced.

Aged in French Oak.

Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 14.5%

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