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2005 Pride Mountain - Napa and Sonoma Claret Reserve

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA /
  • 98 WA
  • 92 WS
  • 92 IWC
  • Variety
    Proprietary Blend
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SKU: 267928-2005-750-2A
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92

    (bottled in December of 2007; essentially a blend of two-thirds Vintner Select merlot and one-third reserve cabernet) Good medium ruby. Complex nose melds raspberry, tobacco, caramel and loam. Sweet but youthfully tight, with very good lift to the flavors of raspberry, graphite, cumin and turmeric. Plenty of cabernet structure here. Finishes with substantial dusty tannins. |Our biggest and most intense mountain-style wine,| notes Steve Pride, adding that this wine was unapproachable early on.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 92

    A seductive style, offering complex layers of mocha and cedary oak alongside ripe, intense currant and wild berry fruit that's tight, focused, full-bodied and persistent on the finish. Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. 495 cases made.
    Drink Dates: 2005-2017
    Author: James Laube
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 98

    This winery, sitting high atop Spring Mountain traversing both the Napa and Sonoma counties, has offered their two top cuvees in 2005 for this retrospective. The 2005 Proprietary Red Reserve Claret, sourced from both Napa and Sonoma, is a blend of 67% Merlot and 33% Cabernet Sauvignon. It offers a moonless, black-of-night color and notes of black truffle and burning embers, whiffs of charcoal, blackberry and cassis, and touches of chocolate and coffee. This stunningly complex, opulent, full-bodied wine seems to have approached its peak of maturity, where it should easily rest for another decade or more. With perfect concentration and a skyscraper-like palate feel with no heaviness, this wine (14.8% natural alcohol) is simply compelling in all senses. It is a fabulous effort and a great tribute to Napa/Sonoma viticulture. Drink it over the next decade.
    Drink Dates: 2015-2025
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Author: Hal1
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Excellent
    Author: GinoN

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

  • 295 bottles owned
  • 83 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 95
    (Out of 83 collectors)