2005 Pride Mountain - Chardonnay Vintner's Select Mountaintop Vineyard 750ml

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2005 Pride Mountain - Chardonnay Vintner's Select Mountaintop Vineyard

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International Wine Cellar | 89

($47) Pale yellow-gold. Aromas of peach, apricot and nuts. Sweet and lush, with Meursault-like flavors of apricot and roasted grain. A full-blown, rather velvety style with a chewy finish featuring a firm edge of minerals and acidity and some alcoholic warmth. This is actually 15.5% alcohol, according to winemaker Bob Foley, but was not acidified. In fact, this is from a Meursault clone planted on a mountaintop vineyard at 2,000 feet.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 132

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Wine Advocate | 91

A wine I rarely see, but which can be outstanding, is Pride Mountain's Chardonnay Vintner's Select Mountaintop Vineyard. Made from a one-acre parcel and put through full malolactic, the 2005 exhibits plenty of minerality in its lemon oil, orange blossom, apple skin, and brioche-filled perfume and flavors. Medium to full-bodied with excellent acidity as well as impressive depth, it should provide plenty of pleasure over the next 3-4 years.

Drink Dates: 2006-2010
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 168

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Score: 93
Author: Dougobrick
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 06/07/2010
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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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