Pride Mountain Vineyards Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Cabernet Sauvignon from North Coast, California
The 2009 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon expresses classic varietal flavors, balanced acidity and a thoroughly ripe tannic structure. We feel it is one of the most poised, opulent and expressive Reserve wines we have bottled. Penetrating cabernet flavors of cassis, black cherry, graphite, cedar and tar create a spell-binding bouquet. On the palate, the wine is beautifully balanced – super concentrated and big in size, but at the same time round and silky. A bright acidity and age-worthy structure add polish to the finish. This is breathtaking cabernet!
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Vinous / Antonio Galloni - "There is no question the 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve is the most backward and brooding of the wines I tasted from Pride. Firm tannins frame an expressive core of dark red berries, licorice, scorched earth, tobacco, smoke and incense. Today, the 2009 is far too young to offer true pleasure, but it is unquestionably striking. Hints of iron, graphite and smoke add complexity on the finish supported by huge mountain tannins. The 2009 is super distinctive and loaded with personality. "
International Wine Cellar - "Good ruby-red. Aromas of black raspberry and dark chocolate punched up by pungent minerality. Less opulent and obviously sweet than the Claret Reserve but higher-pitched and even more intense, with urgent dark berry fruit character dominating. This extremely primary wine shows a powerful rising finish and the structure for a slow and eventful evolution in bottle."
Wine Spectator - "Offering a generous display of loamy earth, currant, blackberry and baking spice elements, this is nicely structured, with just the right amount of firmness in the tannins and acidity. Elegant and graceful. Drink now through 2023."
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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. View all Pride Mountain Vineyards Wines
About North CoastView a map of North Coast wineries
Beyond Napa and Sonoma in the north you find a couple of other counties producing great wine. Among these are Mendocino and Lake County. The northernmost California winegrowing regions, these two counties are right above Napa and Sonoma, geographically. Yet, wine-wise they are very different – both from their southern neighbors and from each other.
Notable FactsMendocino has a high amount of organic vintners and vines. The first winery to settle here was Fetzer, which practices organic viticulture and holds some of the most vineyard land in the area. Mendocino has many pockets of micro-climates while Lake County, being smaller in size, is less diverse climactically. As for the grapes, Chardonnay is the most popular in both counties, but there are also some excellent Sauvignon Blancs, particularly in the Lake County. In red wine, Zinfandel leads the way, followed by Rhone Blends and Petite Sirah. The reds in both counties are complex and sumptuous. Anderson Valley is a sub-AVA of Mendicino and is quite well known for its excellent cool climate, producing the delicious Roederer Estate sparkling wines and some wonderful cool-climate Syrah.
About CaliforniaIt's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
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