2002 Pride Mountain - Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine

International Wine Cellar | Rating: 90(+?)

($62) Deep, smoky nose combines currant, graphite, tobacco and leather, plus greener notes of currant leaf and green olive. Quite backward and firmly structured, with flavors of currant, tobacco leaf, mineral, coffee and herbs. Finishes with a light dusting of tannins. The only one of these Pride 2002s that struck me as a bit green and dry in the sense of traditional Bordeaux. But this is also quite closed and minerally. I'd give it five or six years of additional cellaring.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 120

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Author: Wyndell Black
Tasted On: 07/09/2011
Smooth and polished excellent fruit and lingering finish

Rating: 94
Author: Maxcontinuous
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 01/04/2013
Consumed over two nights. Better and more open on night two. No let-down here at all. Classic Pride fruit, with plenty of dark, jammy blue and black fruits, cedar, spices, and a bit of cigar smoke. Kudos!

Rating: 92
Author: Anonymous Author
Trust Rating: 83
Tasted On: 10/17/2009
Drink Dates: 2009-2015
The 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon (5,000 cases made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon) is a supple, flamboyant, and more accessible version of the 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon. Deep ruby/purple-colored, with a classic nose of tobacco leaf, black currant, licorice, and smoke, the wine is medium to full-bodied, has a supple texture, an attractive textural mouthfeel in addition to a plush, heady finish. Drink it over the next 8-10 years.

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Rating: 92
Author: tiberite
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 11/27/2011
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Rating: 80
Author: nothoi
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 10/22/2011
Drink Dates: 2012-2015
Still really big - super mellow though. Almost asleep. Still got some ripe red fruit with caramel, but it was rather monolithic. I would let this rest some more before opening... Good party wine, no food needed. Just not very complex right now.

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Average rating: 92, based on 6 reviews

Collector Data For This Wine

3970 bottles owned by 1065 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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