1997 Pride Mountain - Claret Napa Valley Reserve 750ml

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1997 Pride Mountain - Claret Napa Valley Reserve
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International Wine Cellar | 91+

Full dark ruby. Sappy, bright aromas of blackberry, cassis and violet. Powerfully structured, dense and tightly wrapped. The new oak component contributes to the wine's impressive tannic clout. Still, this wine's superb intensity and persistence suggests that the fruit will remain when the tannins begin to soften.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 90

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Wine Advocate | 95

While only microscopic quantities were produced of this wine, It is an immense wine of extraordinary concentration and depth. The compelling 1997 Reserve Claret offers an opaque purple color in addition to a sumptuous bouquet of sweet blackberries, creme de cassis, and minerals, superb richness, exceptional concentration, and huge body. However, it manages to avoid being overbearing or unmanageable. Purity and delineation are also present in this multi-dimensional, prodigious wine. Although an infant in terms of development, it is accessible because of the ripe tannin and spectacularly-concentrated fruit.

Drink Dates: 2000-2025
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 132

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Wine Spectator | 91

Complex and concentrated, with earthy currant, coffee, vanilla, herb and tobacco, finishing with intensity and depth. 466 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2007+
Author: James Laube


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More Vintages and Sizes of Pride Mountain - Claret Napa Valley Reserve:

2001 (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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