2003 Pride Mountain - Sangiovese 500ml

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 90

($55; for 500 ml.) Medium red. Sweet cherry, tobacco and nutty oak, all lifted by a floral topnote: this smells like sangiovese! Then sweet and supple but juicy, with lovely minty lift to the red fruit and tobacco flavors. Finishes firmly tannic and quite long. Highly successful California sangiovese.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 126

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Wine Advocate | Rating: 88

The limited production 2003 Sangiovese, which includes 10% Merlot, is only available at the winery. Copious quantities of strawberry, earth, and leathery aromas are followed by a medium-bodied Sangiovese to consume over the next 3-4 years.

Drink Dates: 2005-2009
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 162

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Average rating: 89, based on 2 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

94 bottles owned by 38 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: Sangiovese


Italyâ??s most popular grape, Sangiovese is the top grape used in Tuscany including Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and many of Italyâ??s â??Super Tuscans.â?? At least 14 clones of Sangiovese exist which are grouped into the Sangiovese grosso and Sangiovese piccolo families. Sangiovese thrives in a warm climate and consists of over 10% of Italyâ??s vineyard acreage (covering almost a quarter million acres). Over the past decade Sangiovese has become increasingly popular and successful in California as well. Typical descriptors for Sangiovese include candied or dried cherry, citrus, leather, violets and tea.

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