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Date Printed: 10/24/2014
Pride Mountain Vineyards Reserve Claret 2008
Pride Mountain Vineyards Reserve Claret 2008
(search item no. 121670)
collectible wine
boutique wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 10/24/2014: $149.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2009 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2004 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 92 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 99 points
2001 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2000 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
1997 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
1997 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
1996 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1996 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Blended from exactly 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, this 2008 Reserve Claret is characterized by luscious berry, plum and cassis flavors, a bright zing of acidity and silky, ripe tannins. The Claret was assembled from the final blends for the Vintner Select Merlot and Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon wines, and was then allowed to marry in barrel for six months and in bottle for an additional eight months. The 2008 vintage provided the winery with an ultra-light crop of Clone 3 merlot for this wine. But it also produced warm, dry weather that allowed the merlot to mature to a singular intensity and aromatic complexity, reminiscent of the ripest vintages including 2002 and 1997.

Blend: 60% Merlot/40% Cabernet Sauvignon

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About Pride Mountain Vineyards:

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.