International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93(a 63/37 blend of merlot and cabernet sauvignon): Bright ruby-red. Inviting aromas of plum, mocha and lead pencil. Lush, sweet, ripe berry flavors display good verve and definition. At once serious and juicy wine, finishing with plush, building tannins and outstanding length. Terrific mountain intensity here.Author: Stephen TanzerIssue: May/June 2012
Wine Spectator | Rating: 93A knockout blend that combines the finesse of Merlot with the power of mountain Cabernet fruit. Aromas of red currant, loamy earth and mocha lead to focused and layered black cherry, dried herb and cedar flavors wrapped in dense, fleshy tannins. Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.Author: Tim Fish
Wine Advocate | Rating: 94The Merlot-based 2009 Claret Reserve is gorgeous. Juicy dark cherries, tobacco, smoke and cloves jump out of the glass. The Merlot gives the wine much of its suppleness, while the Cabernet adds the structure and pure mountain tannin. Even with all of its richness, the 2009 remains light on its feet for such a big wine. The 2009 boasts striking balance and tons of harmony. The blend is two-thirds Merlot and one-third Cabernet Sauvignon. Naturally, the Claret doesn't have the personality of the estate's variety wines, but it is compelling just the same. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2029.Author: Antonio Galloni
Self | Rating: 91Purple in color. Medium rim variation. Slow legs. Blackberry, Cherry. Cherry, Red Currant, Oak. Medium bodied. Smooth texture. Medium finish.Author: John
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
- 131 bottles owned
- 33 collectors
- Average collector rating: 91
(Out of 33 collectors)