Pride Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2008
Sumptuous nose of dried black cherries overlays a sweet background of cassis. A caressing texture initially coats the mouth with pure flavors of black cherry that give way to dark berry, subtle cedar, smoke and graphite on a long evolving finish framed by just the right amount of acidity. This wine is all about balance with supple ripe tannins providing a beautiful foundation for the ample dark fruit and with nuanced acidity giving structure and lift without bite. An absolute pleasure to roll around the mouth.
Typical Californian big straight cab. Black cherry flavor and dark matured red color.
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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.
Aromas of herb, sage and cedar transfer to the palate, turning firm and tannic, with a strong woody component. Should come around, with hints of dried currant and berry, but this is not up to Pridersquo;s usual suppleness. Decant. Best from 2008 through 2013.
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.
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.
A polished, seductive style, offering rich black cherry and blackberry fruit thatrsquo;s ripe and well-defined, with an overlay of smoky, toasty oak, folding together nicely on the finish. For all its richness and complexity, this is a graceful wine thatrsquo;s already fun to drink. Drink now through 2011.
Good full, bright ruby. Precise aromas of blackberry, minerals, menthol, cedar and slate. Supple and suave, with a slightly high-toned quality to the dark berry and bitter chocolate flavors. A real crushed-berry bomb, with good acid cut and supple broad tannins. Steve Pride noted that this wine was more aggressive in the mid-'90s; the winery introduced a gentler destemmer with vintage 2008 and is now pressing the fruit more gently. There's now less in the way of oak tannins in the finished wines, he added.
Though percentages from the two counties imply a blend, this is, in fact, a wine from one contiguous estate, straddling the border of Napa and Sonoma at the top of Spring Mountain. They grow a structured cabernet with distinctively pure black currant flavor, this '04 potent with the mineral tannin of those mountain soils. Check on it ten years from the vintage; it should continue to develop beyond that.
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5270 cases produced.
Aged in Steel.