International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94($120) Bright ruby-red. Expressive nose offers black cherry, black raspberry, coffee, smoked meat and minerals. Essentially silky in texture but juicy and youthfully tight, with terrific purity of dark fruit and mineral flavor. This impressively intense wine seems more primary today than the reserve claret. Finishes very long and minerally, with building, fine-grained tannins. These top 2004 cuvees boast terrific acidity for the vintage and are likely to evolve slowly.Author: Stephen TanzerIssue: May/June 2008
Wine Spectator | Rating: 84A surprisingly dull effort. Hints of dried currant, herb and mocha turn austere on the palate, with drying tannins.Author: James Laube
Wine Advocate | Rating: 96The two flagship wines of this brilliant estate, which straddles the Sonoma and Napa county lines at the top of Spring Mountain, include the 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve (98% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Petit Verdot). Sixty-eight percent of the fruit comes from Sonoma and 32% from Napa. It exhibits classic notes of creme de cassis, licorice, cedarwood, incense and a hint of toasty oak in the background. Full-bodied, opulent, profound deep, rich and full with velvety edges, the tannin can be detected, but it is wonderfully integrated in this mountain-styled Cabernet. It continues Pride's impressive track record with these special cuvees. The 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve can be drunk young or cellared for two decades or more. More nuances and complexity will undoubtedly emerge over the next 4-5 years.Author: Robert Parker
Self | Rating: 84Drink Dates: 2010Author: Chris Ahearn
Self | Rating: 87Author: kevinfarnham
Self | Rating:A fair amount of oak and hints of mint and anise on the nose. Creamy texture that slides easily down the throat. Well balanced with good acid levels and a very long finish. This is still youthful and the tannins scream for a nice bit of red meat! Overall, very enjoyable with plenty of upside potential.Author: Tim T
Self | Rating: 93Chocolate on the nose, chocolate on the palate, chocolate everywhere, all wrapped up in those trademark Pride Spring Mountain masculine tannins. This is a powerful wine that requires a little wrestling with, but well worth the tussle. Dense, thick, chewy and full of flavor. In addition to the chocolate goodness, there's lots of dark fruit flavors of plums and berries and a sprinkling of baking spices and dried herbs. There you go, liquid goodness!Author: Andre L593
Self | Rating: 91Deep garnet color. First nose of oak, red current, meat (dissipated on 2nd nose), dominance of oak masked the nose. Firm acid and big tannins (balanced), notes of torrefaction, bitter chocolate, mineral. Needs time but has very good potential. Wait 2 years to try again. Could drink now with some decanting and grilled beef (Tuscan style).Drink Dates: 2013-2023Author: Jeannie L
Self | Rating: 88Distinctly chocolate aroma on the nose which softened a bit as the wine opened up. Some dark fruit and oak; still fairly tannic. Decant for a few hours to enjoy now, or give it some time in the bottle.Drink Dates: 2012-2015Author: Smith-Shannon
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
- 854 bottles owned
- 166 collectors
- Average collector rating: 89
(Out of 166 collectors)