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2005 Pride Mountain - Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma/Napa Reserve

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA /
  • 96 WA
  • 96 WS
  • 93 IWC
  • Variety
    Cabernet Sauvignon
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SKU: 173710-2005
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93

    ($85; includes 4% petit verdot) Good full medium ruby. Crushed black fruits, licorice, sandalwood, tobacco and cocoa powder on the nose. Sweet and silky but juicy, with dark fruit and exotic spice flavors offering lovely inner-mouth aromatic character. This has a distinctly briary mountain berry aspect. The longest of these offerings, with ripe acidity and rather powerful tannins giving it a big structure.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2009
  • Vinous | Rating: 95

    (14.5% alcohol; includes 4.5% Petit Verdot): Saturated medium ruby. Knockout nose combines cassis, kirsch, licorice, menthol and pepper. Superconcentrated and fine-grained, conveying superb spicy lift to the classic mountain berry, spice and tobacco flavors. This dense, sappy wine shows a complex and complementary herbal element in a distinctly claret-like way. Really dances on the palate and rises on the powerful, savory aftertaste. Still very young. A splendid example of this wine from a below-average crop level due to rain during the flowering that arrived after most valley floor vines had already set their crop.
    Author: Antonio Galloni
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 96

    Almost as impressive is the 2005 Cabernet Reserve, a blend of 95.5% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4.5 % Petit Verdot, in this case sourced 58% from Sonoma County and 42% from Napa. Its 14.5% alcohol is slightly lower than its sibling's. This full-bodied wine is very concentrated, with a saturated bluish/purple color and a classic nose of mocha and espresso intermixed with creme de cassis and charcoal. The finish is a good 40-45 seconds, and the wine has a remarkable vibrancy and freshness from the vintage's acidity. This is terrific stuff to drink now and over the next 12-15 years.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 96

    Rich and complex, brimming with dense, opulent yet elegant layers of mocha, black cherry, blackberry and wild berry fruit that's pure, focused, deep and persistent, ending with mouthcoating flavors and ripe, fleshy tannins.
    Author: James Laube
  • Self | Rating: 91

    Author: Yamadori
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Author: Hal1
Pride Mountain Vineyards sits high atop the Mayacamas Mountains straddling the Napa/Sonoma county line. Located at the site of historic Summit Ranch, where wine grapes have been grown since 1869, this beautiful setting includes wine caves dug deep into the mountains and the haunting ruins of an old stone winery dating to 1890.

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.

See other similar producers:Von Strasser Winery,Altamura Vineyards & Winery,Ramey Wine Cellars

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 Staglin, Beringer, Ridge, Mayacamas and Chateau Montelena 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. Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon 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

  • 935 bottles owned
  • 169 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 93
    (Out of 169 collectors)