2003 Pride Mountain Claret Napa/Sonoma Reserve
Wine Advocate | Rating: 97The 2003 Reserve Claret is a blend of 67% Merlot and 33% Cabernet Sauvignon that achieved 14.4% alcohol. An exquisite candidate for wine of the vintage, it comes from a vineyard high on the summit of Spring Mountain. Eighty-three percent of the fruit comes from Sonoma and the rest from Napa County as the vineyard sits astride the county lines. Its dark plum/garnet color reveals a slight lightening at the edge. A beautiful nose of cedarwood, forest floor, red and black currants, kirsch and plum is followed by a full-bodied wine with great freshness, a rich, textured mouthfeel and sensational concentration with no heaviness. This is an uplifting, quintessential mountain Cabernet Sauvignon that outperforms the vintage. Just entering its plateau of full maturity, it can be drunk now and over the next decade.Drink Dates: 2013-2023Author: Robert Parker
Wine Spectator | Rating: 94A classy effort. Rich and polished, focused and complex, serving up tiers of ripe currant, mineral, black cherry and plum flavors that fan out evenly on the palate. Gains richness and depth on the finish. Lots of finesse, grace and elegance. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. 402 cases made.Drink Dates: 2006-2013Author: James Laube
Self | Rating: 99Absolutely lovely bottle. Decanted for about 3 hours and consumed with a lamb Easter dinner. Dark color. Beautiful nose of wild berries and chocolate. Broad palate with very long finish. Balance of acidity and tannins is just perfect. This is silky, rich and round. Wish I had more....Author: Frank K
Self | Rating: 95Classic Pride here. Red and black fruits, with cassis, asian spices, cedar wood, and a healthy tannic backbone. Great juice!Author: Maxcontinuous
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
- 443 bottles owned
- 112 collectors
- Average collector rating: 97
(Out of 112 collectors)