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2011 Pride Mountain - Cabernet Sauvignon Napa/Sonoma

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA /
  • 91 WA
  • 87 WS
  • 90 IWC
  • Variety
    Cabernet Sauvignon
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SKU: 152488-2011-750-2A
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 90

    (a 62/38 blend of the two counties; also includes 5% merlot and 3% petit verdot): Bright, moderately saturated red-ruby. Cassis, licorice, tobacco and tea on the varietally expressive nose. A step up in intensity and density from the merlot, with good vinosity giving the berry, pepper and herb flavors a sappy quality. Boasts a better integration of acids and tannins than the merlot. The crop level was very low here due to windy conditions that resulted in shatter during the flowering.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2014
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 91

    The 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon is outstanding. A blend of 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot, it was aged 20 months in 40% new French oak, and there are nearly 5,200 cases. A strong effort in this vintage, it boasts ripe black raspberry and blackcurrant fruit intermixed with underbrush and dusty, loamy soil characteristics. The complex aromatics are followed by a beautifully poised, pure, medium to full-bodied Cabernet with silky tannins and a precocious, lush personality. It can be drunk now and over the next decade.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 87

    Trim and firmly tannic, with taut blackberry, wild berry, cedar and crushed rock notes. Needs time.
    Author: James Laube
  • Self | Rating: 90

    Author: Super V
  • Self | Rating: 90

    Dark ruby color. Nose of rasberry, licorice and tobacco. Tastes of rasberry/blueberry, licorice, leather, spice and tobacco. Medium finish. Opened up as it sat.
    Drink Dates: 2015-2021
    Author: flwine
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

  • 145 bottles owned
  • 31 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 90
    (Out of 31 collectors)