1996 Pride Mountain - Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Reserve 750ml

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1996 Pride Mountain - Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Reserve
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Reviews For This Wine


 
International Wine Cellar | 92(+)

Good deep ruby. Vibrant, floral aromas of blueberry, cassis, black cherry and cedar. Sweet, quite dense and aromatic in the mouth, with a superripe note of chocolate. Very primary and in need of bottle aging. Thoroughly ripe and impressively long on the aftertaste. These two reserve bottlings are superb for the vintage, but will require patience.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 84

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Wine Advocate | 99

The virtually perfect 1996 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve (330 cases) is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. Opaque purple-colored, with a profound bouquet of minerals, flowers, black fruits, and spice, this awesomely concentrated, multi-layered wine represents the essence of Cabernet Sauvignon. Amazingly, it is neither ponderous nor heavy handed, with the oak, acidity, and tannin woven into the wine's formidable, concentrated personality. The finish lasts for nearly a minute. Sadly, it is extremely limited in availability, but what a compelling wine it is! This is a spectacular wine that must be tasted to be believed.

Drink Dates: 2008-2025
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 124

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Wine Spectator | 88

Mature and underwhelming, showing a firm, complex mix of earthy currant, mineral, pebble and cedar, with stern, rigid tannins that put a lid on the flavors. Ends with pencil lead and shavings.--1996 California Cabernet retrospective.

Drink Dates: 2007-2010
Author: James Laube
Issue: Web

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Score: 98
Author: SingKevin
Trust Rating: 93
Tasted On: 12/09/2010
More Vintages and Sizes of Pride Mountain - Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Reserve:

1999 (750ml)
1998 (1.5L)
1995 (750ml)

About This Producer


Riding the crest of the Mayacamas Mountain Range at an elevation of 2,100 feet, Pride Mountain Vineyards' 200+ acre property is bisected by the Napa/Sonoma county line. The family owned winery has been making some of Spring Mountain's best wines since 1990. Winemaker Bob Foley employs the laborious technique of picking, vinifying, and barrel-aging each of 80 vineyard blocks separately, resulting in the most ideal ripeness levels and blend quality. This integration of vineyard practices and winemaking art is done purposefully. The goal is wines that are bold and fruitful, and that speak of their mountain lineage. Considered by Robert Parker to belong in "the top echelon of California's quality wineries," wines from Pride's gravelly mountaintop vineyards are consistently highly rated and are a staple component of any classic Napa collector's cellar.

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