International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94($115) Saturated medium ruby. High-pitched nose dominated by black cherry and minerals. Then almost shockingly sweet and creamy in the mouth, like an essence of dark mountain berries and bright minerality. Remarkably pure for a wine at this level of density. Finishes with major but sweet tannins that should carry the wine for 15 or 20 years.Author: Stephen TanzerIssue: May/June 2004
Wine Advocate | Rating: 98Remarkably, the 2001 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon may be even better. Staggeringly pure notes of creme de cassis, violets, licorice and graphite soar from the glass of this inky/purple-colored wine. Composed of 98% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Petit Verdot, and tasting like it is 2-3 years old, it is a stunningly pure, rich, full-bodied, prodigious example of high elevation mountain Cabernet Sauvignon that will not reach full maturity for another 5-7 years, and should age beautifully for another two decades or more. It is a magical wine to smell, taste and contemplate.Author: Robert Parker
Wine Spectator | Rating: 97Robust and concentrated, with chewy tannins along with a wealth of juicy, mineral-laced mocha, blackberry, vanilla and cedary black licorice notes that are youthful and focused. Ends with ripe but quite chewy tannins. 2001 California Cabernet blind retrospective (June 2011). Drink now through 2022. 1,180 cases made.'J.L.Author: James Laube
International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94(14.7% alcohol; 100% Cabernet Sauvignon): Healthy bright ruby-red. Very ripe aromas of black raspberry liqueur, coffee, mocha, chocolate, cedar and spicecake, all lifted by a floral topnote. Sweet, pliant and rich, showing the mid-palate stuffing and layered texture the 2000 lacks; this plush, wonderfully creamy wine surprised me with its inner-mouth energy and powerful structure. The wine's dark berry, anise and graphite flavors have the body and richness to support the huge but even palate-saturating tannins. A beauty. Pride noted that early on, this hot-vintage wine was |a big block.| Today it's showing more definition. - Stephen Tanzer
Self | Rating: 99Drink Dates: 2006-2025Author: Chris Ahearn
Self | Rating: 95Author: Dan McD
Self | Rating: 97Author: Borgen Chris
Self | Rating: 94Black colored wine with a big expansive nose. Despite its size, the wine delivers controlled aromas of Oreo cookies, graham crackers, and deep sweet dark fruits. Fiercely tannic with excellent acidity and lots of toasty oak in the wine?s long and concentrated finish. If the tannins subside this wine will be quite spectacular.Author: Daniel B
Self | Rating: 97Great juice! Blue and black fruits, Pride spices, cedar, cigar smoke, cassis, and a mouthfull of tannin.Author: Maxcontinuous
Self | Rating: 98sumptuous. Delicate yet powerful, great depth and complexity. I enjoy the mountain fruit from spring mountain for its wild cherry, mocha, and mineral notes. Fantastic stuffAuthor: cloudon
Founded in 1990 by Jim and Carolyn Pride, Pride Mountain Vineyards is recognized as one of the "world's greatest wine estates" by Robert Parker, Jr., joining just 22 other California wineries for this distinction. Pride wines have appeared numerous times on The Wine Spectator's Top 100 Wines of the World list, and have been served at the White House more than 30 times during the last two decades.
In 2004, second-generation siblings Suzanne Pride Bryan and Steve Pride took the reins, furthering Pride Mountain Vineyards' tradition of producing highly lauded wines. In the cellar, winemaker Sally Johnson and her team work with the property's exceptional estate-grown cabernet sauvignon, merlot, cabernet franc, syrah, sangiovese and chardonnay to produce world-class cuvees deserving of a place in any serious collector's cellar.
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California is the heartland of wine production in the US, and the state that brought prestige to American wine thanks to the pioneers who built early wineries like , , , and in the 1800s. Its large geographic area ensures a great diversity in growing sites, varieties grown, and quality levels. Generalizations about the state's wines have numerous exceptions; however, a few key facts generally hold true—ample sunshine, dry weather during the growing season, and moderate winters prevail. and continue to dominate the state's production—albeit in continually smaller percentages, as growers continue to diversify. More than 100 different varieties can be found throughout the state.
Collector Data For This Wine
- 1294 bottles owned
- 256 collectors
- Average collector rating: 97
(Out of 256 collectors)