2002 Pride Mountain - Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Reserve 750ml

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2002 Pride Mountain - Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Reserve
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International Wine Cellar | 93(+?)

($118; a selected vineyard block consisting mostly of 30-year-old vines) Good red-ruby. Roasted redcurrant, mocha, licorice, dark chocolate and menthol on the nose; clearly riper than the regular cabernet. Then big, chewy, broad and deep, with powerful flavors of currant, chocolate, mocha and tobacco, sweetened by oak. Finishes impressively long, with big, broad, horizontal tannins.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 120

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Wine Advocate | 95

More serious and foreboding as well as opulent and close to full maturity is the sexy, voluptuously textured, deep, concentrated, dense plum/purple-colored 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve. Fashioned from the estate's finest Cabernet lots, it possesses terrific ripeness, a silky, plush texture, a big, full-bodied, broad, savory, deep, well-textured mouthfeel, and a 45-second finish. This gorgeous wine will offer both intellectual and hedonistic pleasure for another 12-15 years.

Drink Dates: 2012-2027
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 201

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Wine Spectator | 92

Mature and drinking well, retaining its rich, seductive style. Complex plum, anise, black cherry, melted chocolate and black licorice flavors are well-centered and spicy, showing a touch of fresh earth. Ends with firm, drying tannins.

Drink Dates: 2012-2018
Author: James Laube


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Score: 94
Author: dwdorman
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 10/14/2009
Drink Dates:
This stuff gets better and better...wonderful expressive fruit tannins softening but still present but moving to the background. Really elegant wine.
Score: 91
Author: Daniel B
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 09/01/2004
Not the 2001. Frankly sweet in the mouth with aromas of milk and diffuse fruit. Jarring acidity does not do enough to counterbalance the sugar. Lots of power but rather simple.
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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