1996 Pride Mountain - Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Reserve 750ml

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WA 99   IWC 92(+)   WS 88   Collector 98
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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Advocate | Rating: 99

The virtually perfect 1996 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve (330 cases) is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. Opaque purple-colored, with a profound bouquet of minerals, flowers, black fruits, and spice, this awesomely concentrated, multi-layered wine represents the essence of Cabernet Sauvignon. Amazingly, it is neither ponderous nor heavy handed, with the oak, acidity, and tannin woven into the wine's formidable, concentrated personality. The finish lasts for nearly a minute. Sadly, it is extremely limited in availability, but what a compelling wine it is! This is a spectacular wine that must be tasted to be believed.

Drink Dates: 2008-2025
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 124

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92(+)

Good deep ruby. Vibrant, floral aromas of blueberry, cassis, black cherry and cedar. Sweet, quite dense and aromatic in the mouth, with a superripe note of chocolate. Very primary and in need of bottle aging. Thoroughly ripe and impressively long on the aftertaste. These two reserve bottlings are superb for the vintage, but will require patience.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 84

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 88

Mature and underwhelming, showing a firm, complex mix of earthy currant, mineral, pebble and cedar, with stern, rigid tannins that put a lid on the flavors. Ends with pencil lead and shavings.--1996 California Cabernet retrospective.

Drink Dates: 2007-2010
Author: James Laube
Issue: Web

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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 98
Author: SingKevin
Trust Rating: 93
Tasted On: 12/09/2010

Average rating: 93, based on 4 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

324 bottles owned by 109 collectors.

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About This Producer


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 in the most ideal ripeness levels and blend quality. This integration of vineyard practices and winemaking art is done purposefully. The goal is wines that are bold and fruitful, and that speak of their mountain lineage. Considered by Robert Parker to belong in "the top echelon of California's quality wineries," wines from Pride's gravelly mountaintop vineyards are consistently highly rated and are a staple component of any classic Napa collector's cellar.

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Wine Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon


Cabernet Sauvignon is perhaps the world's best known red variety, with its full-bodied, intense profile. An offspring of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, it is the primary grape of Bordeaux's Left Bank (Medoc and Graves regions) and the Napa Valley, but can be found growing all over the world. Typical descriptors for Cabernet Sauvignon are cassis, cedar, mint, black pepper, eucalyptus, and pencil lead.

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