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Pride Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2007

Winemaker's Notes:

This is it - the release we’ve all been waiting for – our big estate Cabernet Sauvignon from the exciting and age-worthy 2007 vintage. With ample structure, blue-black fruit and great aging potential, this phenomenal wine is reminiscent of past vintages of our Reserve Cabernet. The nose expresses gorgeous flavors of cassis, black raspberry compote, cocoa and blueberry. The mouth is firm yet round, with intense flavors that evolve in the glass and balance the wine’s structure. The final blend is composed of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot from our Wind Whistle and Callie’s vineyard blocks, and 6% Petit Verdot. The wine was blended and bottled in July 2009, and has been bottle aged for four months.

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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-siz... 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

External Reviews for Pride Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

A superlative vintage for Cabernet Sauvignon on the mountain created a phenomenally extracted wine with uncommon depth of ruby color. In fact, a common description is that itrsquo;s darker than ink. This Cabernet literally gushes with ripe aromas of black cherries and blackberry, punctuated by mountain spiciness of mint and camphor. Broad and expansive on the midpalate, flavors of roasted espresso and layers of chocolate mingle with soft, supple tannins that pleasantly coat the mouth and betray the winersquo;s youth at bottling. These flavors linger seemingly forever in the finish. The bottle aging potential for this Cabernet Sauvignon can be measured in decades.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

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 winersquo;s personality. This is a large, ripe, impeccably balanced Cabernet Sauvignon that achieved 14.1% alcohol naturally. Anticipated maturity: 2003ndash;2020.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

Straddling the border between Napa and Sonoma at an elevation of 2,000 feet, Price specializes in crafting mountain-grown Cabernet mdash; in a refreshingly different style from the fierce mountain wines of the past. Their rsquo;95, quite dark in color, starts out brooding and remote before it opens up to reveal cinnamon, cardamom, pepper spice and deep black plum Cabernet fruit. the tannins are formidable, but therersquo;s also fine acidity to lighten their mass. This is the real thing: big, muscular and worthy of ten years aging. Remarkably, however, itrsquo;s approachable now, and would be great with a very ripe, stinky cheese.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

The rsquo;99 vintage produced youthfully brisk wines at Pridersquo;s vineyard on the top of Spring Mountain. This Cabernet is all red fruits mdash; cranberry, cherry and red plum. Yet all that fruit needs cellar time to absorb the hard edges of structure, all the alcohol, the four-square tannin, the edgy acidity. The purple-black concentration of the color suggests that evolution could be long and well worth the wait.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

The dense purple-colored, more angular-styled 1999 Cabernet Sauvignon exhibits aromas and flavors of licorice, toasty oak, and black currants. It possesses an austere, firm, sinewy personality as well as a tannic finish. Aging will bring out more flesh, so patience will be required in this excellent Cabernet. Anticipated maturity: 2006ndash;2015.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

[Barrel tasting] Dark, rich and plush, with an unusual display of fruit opulence; polished blackberry, huckleberry and raspberry fruit is lush, deeply concentrated and long on the finish. Toasty oak adds a fascinating dimension.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

Pridersquo;s cabernet vines on top of Spring Mountain ripened their grapes to a potent completion in rsquo;99, yielding a reserve with superb integration of tannin, texture and fruit. The ripe damson plum fruit and sweet toast of oak comes together in the flavor of dense chocolate crust on the bottom of a baking sheet. While oak dominates the young wine when first poured, therersquo;s a gravelly rasp of tannin that brings the fruit to the fore. Itrsquo;s what cult wines should taste like, supple, sexy and delicious, all dressed up with the inner strength to pull it off.


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This is it - the release we’ve all been waiting for – our big estate Cabernet Sauvignon from the exciting and age-worthy 2007 vintage. With ample structure, blue-black fruit and great aging potential, this phenomenal wine is reminiscent of past vintages of our Reserve Cabernet. The nose expresses gorgeous flavors of cassis, black raspberry compote, cocoa and blueberry. The mouth is firm yet round, with intense flavors that evolve in the glass and balance the wine’s structure. The final blend is composed of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot from our Wind Whistle and Callie’s vineyard blocks, and 6% Petit Verdot. The wine was blended and bottled in July 2009, and has been bottle aged for four months.

5847 cases produced.

Aged in Steel.

Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 14.6%

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