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Pride Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2011

Winemaker's Notes:

We are incredibly proud of our 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon. It is a beautiful wine and one that clearly demonstrates the advantages of our unique mountaintop location and of farming our own property with a full-time vineyard crew. After all of the hard work in the vineyard and in the cellar, the finished wine is just as rich, ripe and balanced as you would expect from us. The nose is the essence of cabernet sauvignon with concentrated blackberry, plum, cassis, resin and subtle menthol. On the palate, the wine is round and full while retaining a delightful freshness and a finish that lingers. This is a wine that will show well early in its evolution but age beautifully, and one that was definitely worth the effort! Surprisingly, the timing of the 2011 harvest wound up being quite similar to 2010, with most of our grapes being harvested in early to mid November and fermentations completed in early December. Individual lots were aged in French oak, about 50% new, for 18 months prior to final blending and bottling in July 2013.

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: Premier Wine & Spirits
04/18/2015

The 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon is dark, powerful and implosive. A cool, reticent wine, the 2011 is playing its cards close to the vest today. Plum, black cherry, graphite, rosemary, licorice and melted road tar emerge from the glass, but only reluctantly. The 2011 is big, rich and tannic. Ideally it needs a few years in bottle to fully come together.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
04/18/2015

The 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon is outstanding. A blend of 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot, it was aged 20 months in 40% new French oak, and there are nearly 5,200 cases. A strong effort in this vintage, it boasts ripe black raspberry and blackcurrant fruit intermixed with underbrush and dusty, loamy soil characteristics. The complex aromatics are followed by a beautifully poised, pure, medium to full-bodied Cabernet with silky tannins and a precocious, lush personality. It can be drunk now and over the next decade.



We are incredibly proud of our 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon. It is a beautiful wine and one that clearly demonstrates the advantages of our unique mountaintop location and of farming our own property with a full-time vineyard crew. After all of the hard work in the vineyard and in the cellar, the finished wine is just as rich, ripe and balanced as you would expect from us. The nose is the essence of cabernet sauvignon with concentrated blackberry, plum, cassis, resin and subtle menthol. On the palate, the wine is round and full while retaining a delightful freshness and a finish that lingers. This is a wine that will show well early in its evolution but age beautifully, and one that was definitely worth the effort! Surprisingly, the timing of the 2011 harvest wound up being quite similar to 2010, with most of our grapes being harvested in early to mid November and fermentations completed in early December. Individual lots were aged in French oak, about 50% new, for 18 months prior to final blending and bottling in July 2013.

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