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Pride Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Reserve 2005

Winemaker's Notes:

Displaying blue fruit notes ranging from mulberry and blueberry to cassis, this dense, weighty wine is not afraid to flaunt its personality. Coffee, anise and tobacco flavors can be found in its depth, while the finish lingers for over a minute. Tannic yet jammy Cabernet Sauvignon grapes from our 25-year old Rock Arch vineyard make up the backbone of this wine, while our more unctuous Quartz Hill and Rim Rock vineyards round out the mid-palate and add finesse. The blend is polished with 0.5% Petit Verdot to add acid and spice. Approachable when young by those who are not intimidated by its heft, this wine will reveal layers of complexity as it evolves over the next 15 to 20 years.

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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 Reserve

External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/10/2013

This is the densest, most tannic of Prideandrsquo;s new releases, obviously meant for the cellar. You could drink it now, because itandrsquo;s so lush, but the tightness suggests that the winemaker doesnandrsquo;t want you to. Buried under the astringency are masses of cassis, dark chocolate, sweet fresh herbs and smoky oak. Better after 2010.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/10/2013

The 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve (95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot) is more backward, but promising. It exhibits an inky/blue/purple color as well as notes of lead pencil shavings, toasty oak, charcoal, sweet roasted herbs, and background wood. Rich, full-bodied, and moderately tannic, it will benefit from 1andndash;3 years of bottle age, and should last for 15+.


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

Ripe, rich and full-bodied, with a complex array of spicy currant, black cherry, earthy-leathery nuances and mineral flavors. Tightly wound, itrsquo;s in need of short-term cellaring; best from 2001 through 2010.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/10/2013

Essential to Prideandrsquo;s success is the 83-acre vineyard that straddles both Napa and Sonoma counties at the crest of the Mayacamas Mountain range. At about a 2,000-foot elevation, the grapes grow with plenty of sunshine and cooler temperatures than on the valley floor. Carolyn Pride oversees the new winemaking team, led by winemaker Sally Johnson and associate winemaker Romel Rivera, and continues the Pride style of ripe, opulent and showy wines.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
09/22/2010

The 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve is impressive. Its inky/purple hue is accompanied by aromas and flavors of incense, pain grille, blackberries, blueberries, and cassis. It is a rich, dense, full-bodied, pure, layered effort that should drink well ... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 2005 Pride Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 1500ml


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

Ripe, rich and full-bodied, with a complex array of spicy currant, black cherry, earthy-leathery nuances and mineral flavors. Tightly wound, it's in need of short-term cellaring; best from 2001 through 2010.


External Review
Source: Shop Wine Direct
01/17/2009

Wine Advocate ReviewRated 96-98Even more impressive (than the 2005 Reserve Claret) is the 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve. Its inky/purple hue is accompanied by aromas and flavors of incense, pain grille, blackberries, blueberries, and cassis. It is a rich, dense, full-bodied, pure, layered effort that should drink well for 15 or so years.Wine Tasting NotesDisplaying blue fruit notes ranging from mulberry and blueberry to cassis, this dense, weighty wine is not afraid to flaunt its personality. Coffee, anise and tobacco flavors can be found in its depth, while the finish lingers for over a minute. Tannic yet jammy Cabernet Sauvignon grapes from our 25-year old Rock Arch vineyard make up the backbone of this wine, while our more unctuous Quartz Hill and Rim Rock vineyards round out the mid-palate and add finesse. The blend is polished with 0.5% Petit Verdot to add acid and spice. Approachable when young by those who are not intimidated by its heft, this wine will reveal layers of complexity as it evolves over the next 15 to 20 years.


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Displaying blue fruit notes ranging from mulberry and blueberry to cassis, this dense, weighty wine is not afraid to flaunt its personality. Coffee, anise and tobacco flavors can be found in its depth, while the finish lingers for over a minute. Tannic yet jammy Cabernet Sauvignon grapes from our 25-year old Rock Arch vineyard make up the backbone of this wine, while our more unctuous Quartz Hill and Rim Rock vineyards round out the mid-palate and add finesse. The blend is polished with 0.5% Petit Verdot to add acid and spice. Approachable when young by those who are not intimidated by its heft, this wine will reveal layers of complexity as it evolves over the next 15 to 20 years.

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