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1999 Pride Mountain - Claret Napa Valley Reserve Proprietary Blend - USA - California - Napa - Napa Valley - Red

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USA - California - Napa - Napa Valley

Red Proprietary Blend
Producer Notes

Riding the crest of the Mayacamas Mountain Range at an elevation of 2,100 feet, Pride Mountain Vineyards' 200+ acre property is bisected by the Napa/Sonoma county line. The family owned winery has been making some of Spring Mountain's best wines since 1990. Winemaker Bob Foley employs the laborious technique of picking, vinifying, and barrel-aging each of 80 vineyard blocks separately, resulting... More »

WS 93
WA 96
IWC 93(+?)
Drink Dates
Comm: 2015-2015 WA: 2005-2020 WS: 2002-2009
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750ml $139.95

IWC 93(+?)
Source International Wine Cellar
Issue Issue 102

(roughly two-thirds merlot and one-third cabernet sauvignon, but also includes 5% petit verdot) Good deep ruby-red. Sexy oak tones of mocha, nutmeg and mace, brown sugar and grilled nuts, along with dark berries and tobacco on the nose. Sweet, dense, oaky and lush; very rich but also very polished wine. Very long on the aftertaste, with extremely fine-grained tannins.

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WA 96
Source Wine Advocate
Issue 142
Drink Dates 2005-2020

The micro-cuvee (about 200 cases) of 1999 Reserve Claret (two-thirds Merlot and one-third Cabernet Sauvignon) is awesome! This candidate for "wine of the vintage" spent 24 months in both old and new French oak. It boasts an opaque purple color in addition to a sumptuous, sweet bouquet of espresso, blackberries, cassis, maple syrup, and vanilla. It is long, layered, multidimensional, sweet, and thick on the palate, possessing an unctuosity and concentration that must be tasted to be believed. Nevertheless, it is well-balanced and incredibly pure as well as long.

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WS 93
Source Wine Spectator
Drink Dates 2002-2009

Rich, complex and exotic, with tempting spice and dark fruit aromas and layers of currant, black cherry, mocha, sandalwood and cherry flavors that are sharply focused, long and intense on the finish. Relies on Merlot (60 percent) for its grace and elegance, with Cabernet (35 percent) giving it backbone. Also has 5 percent Petit Verdot. 200 cases made.

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Author Scooter
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 97.81%
Tasted On 04/01/2013
Drink Dates 2015

Drinking well, tannins fully absorbed but I found it lacking a bit in depth and on the finish.

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Author Ronn L
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 89.977%
Tasted On 05/01/2010
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