Pride Mountain Vineyards Vintner Select Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California

Item No. 116970
  • red wine
  • boutique wine
  • collectible wine
  • RP94
  • ST92
  • WS90
Style: Big & Bold

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

Alcohol By Volume: 15.2%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Ratings Pedigree:
  • 2007
  • RP95

Winemaker's Notes

While our Reserve Cabernet is masculine, potent and extracted, this wine displays the more feminine side of Cabernet. Grapes from clone 337 vines, known for their elegance and syrupy mouthfeel, display black notes of ripe cherry, chocolate, and a hint of black currant. Dense and luscious in the mouth, this wine coats the tongue with a rich viscosity and a finish that is weighty without being aggressive.

Critical Acclaim

"The brilliant 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Vintner's Select boasts copious aromas of lead pencil shavings, spring flowers, blueberries, black raspberries, and cassis. Full-bodied and powerful, this dense ruby/purple tinged offering is a tour de force in Cabernet Sauvignon. It possesses enough sweet tannin to provide early accessibility, but it should age beautifully for 10-15+ years. "
94 Points

"Good saturated ruby-red color. Black raspberry, mocha and espresso aromas. Sweet and lively on the palate, with the vintage's bright acidity framing and intensifying the flavors of black fruits, licorice and minerals. This medium-bodied, brooding wine will need time in bottle to harmonize and expand. Finishes with serious toothcoating tannins and excellent length. One to follow. "
92 Points

"Smooth, rich and creamy, with firm yet elegant dried currant and blackberry flavors that are focused and lively, gaining complexity and depth on the long finish. Drink now through 2012. 400 cases made."
90 Points

"Big, powerful and high in alcohol. The grapes evidently got super-ripe, giving the wine massive blackberry and chocolate-covered raisin flavors that have been liberally enhanced with smoky new oak. Tannins are pretty tight, coming from Pride’s 2100 foot elevation spanning the Napa-Sonoma border. A little awkward now. Give it a few years."
90 Points

Learn About Pride Mountain Vineyards Map ItMap It

Pride Mountain Vineyards is situated on the Summit Ranch, one of Napa Valley's oldest grape producers atop Spring Mountain. With over 120 years of viticulture documented there, Jim and Carolyn Pride purchased Summit Ranch and their first vintage premiered in 1991. Today, Pride Mountain Vineyards produces Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, Viognier and limited bottlings of Syrah and Sangiovese.

Learn About Napa Valley

It's hard not to think of Napa Valley when thinking of California wines. The region is, after all, the one that brought world recognition to California wine making. The area was settled by a few choice wine families in the 1960's who bet that the wines of the area would grow and flourish. They were right. The Napa wine industry really took off in the 1980's, when vineyard...

Read More About Napa Valley

Learn About Cabernet Sauvignon

(cab-uhr-NAY sow-veeh-yawn) King of Red Many refer to Cabernet Sauvignon as the king of red grapes. Perhaps that title is due to its ability to grow worldwide in a number of climates, or to the fact that it produces wine with such character yet such diversity. Either way, this grape is responsible, as a whole or a partner, for some of the greatest wines in the world. In Bordeaux,...

Read More About Cabernet Sauvignon

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