Pride Mountain Vineyards Red Bordeaux Blend Napa Valley Reserve Claret 2008

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Blended from exactly 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, our 2008 Reserve Claret is characterized by luscious berr...

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Gave it five hours of air. The nose alone was intoxicating with raspberry jam, autumnal spices, tobacco, cocoa and a bit of cedar. Full and sensuou... Read more

One of the best Napa Cab blends I've ever had. The slight cinnamon flavor just about rocked my world. Read more

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Snooth User: Eric Guido
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Vintage: 2005 08/09/2009

Gave it five hours of air. The nose alone was intoxicating with raspberry jam, autumnal spices, tobacco, cocoa and a bit of cedar. Full and sensuous on the palate showing currant, blueberry and violets with a long staying finish.


Snooth User: Salmanazar99
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Vintage: 2002 01/14/2009

One of the best Napa Cab blends I've ever had. The slight cinnamon flavor just about rocked my world.


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Vintage: 2006 07/29/2010

A Proprietary Blend wine from California in USA. 2006 Pride Mountain Vineyards Reserve Claret 750ml


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Vintage: 2005 09/23/2010

From the barrel, the gorgeous 2005 Reserve Claret should turn out to be a top-notch example of Pride Mountain winemaking. It possesses a deep ruby/purple color as well as notes of black raspberries, espresso, sweet cherries, and notions of cedar as w... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Proprietary Blend wine from California in USA. 2005 Pride Mountain Vineyards Reserve Claret 750ml


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Vintage: 2005 01/18/2009

Wine Advocate ReviewRated 93-96From the barrel, the gorgeous 2005 Reserve Claret should turn out to be a top-notch example of Pride Mountain winemaking. It possesses a deep ruby/purple color as well as notes of black raspberries, espresso, sweet cherries, and notions of cedar as well as graphite. Full-bodied with strong tannins, a velvety texture, a voluptuous, long mouthfeel, and a 45+ second finish, this gorgeous 2005 should age for 15 or more years.Wine Tasting NotesPlum jam, strawberry, kirsh, cocoa and maple syrup candy flavors present a beguiling introduction to a multi-dimensional wine that is both playful and serious. Silky and voluptuous up front, round through the mid-palate, and powerful in the finish, this wine is our classic blend of 2/3 expressive Lower Mountain Top Clone 3 Merlot balanced with 1/3 of our resolute Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon blend. The 2005 vintage presented us with near ideal growing conditions for our dense, mountain-top style. The Reserve Claret is quite approachable in its youth, but bold enough to cellar for 15 years.


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Vintage: 2004 09/23/2010

The strength of the 2005 vintage at Pride is again noticeable when one compares some of the lower level Cabernet Sauvignons with the 2004 Reserve Claret. While the latter wine (89% from Sonoma and 11% from Napa) is outstanding, it is not as good as t... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Proprietary Blend wine from California in USA. 2004 Pride Mountain Vineyards Reserve Claret 750ml


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Vintage: 2003 02/20/2011

A barrel sample of the black/purple-tinged 2003 Reserve Claret (two-thirds Merlot and one-third Cabernet Sauvignon) does not reveal the silkiness of the 2002, but it boasts big, beefy, rich flavors and superb intensity. Although not as profound as th... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Proprietary Blend wine from California in USA. 2003 Pride Mountain Vineyards Reserve Claret 750ml


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Vintage: 2002 01/17/2009

A seductive style that provides a rich mix of ripe, juicy wild berry and blackberry fruit with an overlay of smoky, toasty oak. But on the finish, it comes together nicely, with the fruit pushing past the oak flavors, caressed by supple tannins... Wine Spectator. A Proprietary Blend wine from California in USA. 2002 Pride Mountain Vineyards Reserve Claret 750ml


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Vintage: 2001 01/17/2009

A serious and exciting Merlot blend that delivers the goods, with rich, concentrated layers of currant, blackberry, mocha and wild berry, this sharply focused, intensely flavored wine shows off lots of complexity, depth and length, a mix of power and... Wine Spectator. A Proprietary Blend wine from California in USA. 2001 Pride Mountain Vineyards Reserve Claret 750ml


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Ratings & Tags for Pride Mountain Vineyards Red Bordeaux Blend Napa Valley Reserve Claret

642339 Snooth User: bnels210
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4.00 5
06/28/2011

1383861 Snooth User: minocencio
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4.50 5
2005 10/29/2013

97538 Snooth User: haonusa
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2.00 5
2003 11/14/2008

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2001 06/03/2008

78580 Snooth User: 722
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2001 07/12/2008

Winemaker's Notes:

Blended from exactly 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, our 2008 Reserve Claret is characterized by luscious berry, plum and cassis flavors, a bright zing of acidity and silky, ripe tannins. The Claret was assembled from the final blends for our Vintner Select Merlot and Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon wines, and was then allowed to marry in barrel for six months and in bottle for an additional eight months. The 2008 vintage provided us with an ultra-light crop of Clone 3 merlot for this wine. But it also produced warm, dry weather that allowed the merlot to mature to a singular intensity and aromatic complexity, reminiscent of our ripest vintages including 2002 and 1997.

Blended from exactly 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, our 2008 Reserve Claret is characterized by luscious berry, plum and cassis flavors, a bright zing of acidity and silky, ripe tannins. The Claret was assembled from the final blends for our Vintner Select Merlot and Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon wines, and was then allowed to marry in barrel for six months and in bottle for an additional eight months. The 2008 vintage provided us with an ultra-light crop of Clone 3 merlot for this wine. But it also produced warm, dry weather that allowed the merlot to mature to a singular intensity and aromatic complexity, reminiscent of our ripest vintages including 2002 and 1997.

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518 cases produced.

Aged in French Oak.

Chemical Analysis:

Alcohol: 15%

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