2000 Pride Mountain - Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Reserve 1.5L

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2000 Pride Mountain - Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Reserve
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International Wine Cellar | 91(+?)?

($110) Good medium ruby. Rather reticent, brooding nose hints at black cherry, blackberry, violet, bitter chocolate and new oak; suggestions of almost port-like superripeness. Lush, sweet and fat, with intriguing mineral and tar notes; showing more mid-palate density than the reserve claret but this is also less open and juicy today. Finishes with substantial, broad, oak-driven tannins that slightly shorten the wine's fruit today, but this has very good thrust and length. This actually got more than 100% new oak, according to Foley: the wine began with a sojourn in new barrels, then after the various components were allowed to marry in neutral barrels the wine was returned to another set of new barrels.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 108

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Wine Spectator | 89

Sleek and elegant, with pretty scents of blackberry and sandlewood, turning elegant and polished. Well-structured, with firm, integrated tannins and a long, complex finish. 900 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2003-2009
Author: James Laube


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Score: 93
Author: Maxcontinuous
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 12/20/2009
Melted licorice, lead pencil, asian spice, currant, and black fruits. Mouth-coating, slightly sweet tannins. Almost bordeaux-like in style.
More Vintages and Sizes of Pride Mountain - Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Reserve:

1999 (750ml)
1998 (1.5L)
1996 (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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