2008 Pride Mountain - Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma/Napa Reserve
Rating: 93(15.2% alcohol; includes 3% petit verdot): Ruby-red. Crushed blueberry, cassis and licorice on the vibrant nose. A sweet, classy fruit bomb with terrific spicy, floral lift to the intense flavors of briary mountain berries. High-toned, high-pitched wine with a firm tannic spine for long aging. But this is also great fun to taste right now.Author: Stephen TanzerIssue: May/June 2012
Rating: 90Intense and at points rustic and chewy, full-bodied and dense, with complex, firm and tannic, giving the dark berry flavors a dry savory edge. Rambles over rough terrain, yet remains complex and alluring.Author: James Laube
Rating: 91Pretty nose of blackberries and cherries here. Full body with round textured tannins, yet supple and ripe. Juicy finish. Slightly simple now but should develop nicely with bottle age. 78% Sonoma County, 22% Napa County.Author: James Suckling
Rating: 91The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon is a beautiful wine graced with expressive red fruit, flowers, licorice and tobacco. This mid-weight, understated wine impresses for its focus, length and fine overall balance. Floral notes round out the fleshy, generous finish.Author: Antonio Galloni
Rating: 92(15.2% alcohol; includes 3% Petit Verdot): Full medium ruby. Ripe brambly blackberry, raspberry, smoked meat and nutty oak aromas complicated by salty and floral nuances. Very concentrated and sweet, with a hint of medicinal reserve and very good framing acidity to the flavors of black cherry, licorice and spices. The compellingly ripe character carries through on the long finish, which features surprisingly sweet, harmonious tannins. Production was tiny in 2008 owing to spring frost. But it was very hot late (Steve Pride views 2008 as a hot vintage on the top of Spring Mountain, along with 2004, 2001 and 1997) and the fruit was picked in waves as the clusters shriveled. The estate began using a gentler destemmer in 2008 that has made it possible to vinify without jacks (i.e., pieces of stem). Doesn't have quite the complexity of the best years here, but this is a strong performance given the weather conditions. - Stephen Tanzer
Self | Rating: 94Author: Dougobrick
Self | Rating: 96this is a premium Napa cab in its prime. full bodied, perfectly balanced, it is a true classic of the genre. enjoy now and for years to come.Drink Dates: 2015-2030Author: dozman3
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
- 364 bottles owned
- 76 collectors
- Average collector rating: 95
(Out of 76 collectors)