2003 Pride Mountain - Syrah 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine

Wine Spectator | Rating: 92

This is an immense and firmly tannic young Syrah that's also blessed with lively acidity. The core blackberry and blueberry flavors are shaded by hints of beef, sage, herb and tobacco. It all comes together nicely on the finish, though it clearly needs cellaring to soften the rough edges. 600 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2007-2013
Author: James Laube

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 90(+?)

($55) Dark red-ruby. Expressive, nuanced nose combines blueberry pie, bacon fat, mocha, creamed corn and roasted meat. Then tightly wound and penetrating, with firm-edged acids keeping the rather powerful dark berry and mint flavors under wraps today. Finishes with a very firm tannin/acid spine that calls for at least a year or two of patience.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 126

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Wine Advocate | Rating: 90

Bob Foley continues to demonstrate a sure hand with Syrah grown in their Sonoma vineyard's gravelly/quartz soils. The medium to full-bodied 2003 Syrah offers fresh acidity (thanks to the high mountain elevation) as well as abundant blackberry and floral characteristics. Drink this beauty over the next 5-6 years.

Drink Dates: 2005-2011
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 162

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Rating: 93
Author: DaveyP125
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 04/29/2011

Rating: 92
Author: Dougobrick
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 06/07/2009
Drink Dates:

Rating: 90
Author: Koby
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 10/25/2009
Drink Dates: 2007-2012
Site Blog: The Wine Forum Color: Dark purple and red edges Nose: Oak, red and black fruits, blackberry and creamy oak. Palate: Creamy raspberry and blackberries, sweet tannins and oak. Good yum factor, but not great typicity.

Average rating: 91, based on 6 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

469 bottles owned by 267 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.

See other similar producers: Von Strasser Winery, Altamura Vineyards & Winery, Ramey Wine Cellars

Wine Varietal: Syrah

While the rest of the world is calling it "Syrah," Australia and South Africa stick to "Shiraz," their name for the same grape. Previously it was thought that the name Shiraz originated from a city in Persia where the Syrah grape was believed to have originated. Recently U.S. and French researchers demystified the name debate when they discovered that the Syrah grape was indigenous to France. Intense, robust and sometimes referred to as "manly," Syrah grows principally in the Northern Rhone. The spicy, peppery grape also grows abundantly in Australia, South Africa, and California, where it takes on a softer, thicker character than its French version. Typical descriptors for Syrah include blackberry, dark chocolate, mint, eucalyptus, smoked meat, black pepper, liquorice, and cloves.

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