Pride Mountain Vineyards Robert Foley Claret 1999

Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California

Item No. 53978
  • red wine
  • RP93

Winemaker's Notes

The grapes which make Robert Foley Vineyards wine, are grown at Pride Mountain Vineyards. This extraordinary property is located on the summit of Spring Mountain in the Mayacamas Mountain Range which separates the Napa and Sonoma Valleys of Northern California.

Robert Foley Vineyards Claret is a blend, based on the Cabernet Sauvignon grape with a significant percentage of mountain Merlot added for richness and mid-body. A small trace of Petit Verdot contributes brightness and complexity. The Claret is aged in French oak cooperage for 18 to 20 months before bottling. No fining or filtration is used in the production of these wines.

The 1999 vintage was late in the mountain vineyards. Thankfully, Mother Nature blessed us with beautiful ripening weather in October and early November to bring the claret grape varieties to the stage of true ripeness where dark fruit flavors and aromas evolve. Our 1999 Claret blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot displays the characteristics of black cherries, dark chocolate, and cassis. Round and rich on the mid-palate, soft tannins come forward and resolve in a lingering finish betraying the Cabernet contribution to the blend. Long-term bottle aging potential is a certainty with the healthy natural acidity.

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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.

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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...

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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,...

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