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Pride Mountain Vineyards Sangiovese (500ML) 2001

Sangiovese from Sonoma County, California
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Winemaker Notes

Cabernet Sauvignon adds complexity and preserves the seductive texture of the mountain-grown Sangiovese, while a splash of Petit Verdot lengthens the finish. The remarkably dark ruby-red color betrays the mountain origins of this wine, while bright wild berry aromas interplay with exotic spice and explode across the entire palate. Amazingly mouth-filling and superbly rich on the mid-palate, the berry flavors seem to dance and then linger in an unbelievably lengthy finish. Beautifully balanced, the fresh fruit-packed personality of this Super-Tuscan blend marks this as a classic Bob Foley bring-your-toothbrush wine.

Critical Acclaim

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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
As everyone in California knows, I have little respect for most California Sangiovese. However, there are exceptions, and Pride Mountain's is one of them. The problem is, they only make two barrels (50 cases), so I will keep my notes brief. The greatest northern California Sangiovese, the 2001 Sangiovese blows away its competition. Strawberry jam, tobacco leaf, plum, and fig characteristics skip and hop to the beat of a large orchestra in this bottle that is available only in 500ml formats. Drink this knock-out 2001 over the next 5-7 years. It will make anyone believe that Sangiovese as well as Merlot are not always the great red wine rip offs of California.
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Pride Mountain Vineyards

Pride Mountain Vineyards

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Pride Mountain Vineyards, , California
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.

Bordeaux Blends

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One of the world’s most classic and popular styles of red wine, Bordeaux-inspired blends have spread from their homeland in France to nearly every corner of the New World, especially in California, Washington, and Australia. Typically based on either Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot and supported by Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and/or Petit Verdot, these are sometimes referred to in the US as “Meritage” blends. In Bordeaux itself, Cabernet Sauvignon dominates in wines from the Left Bank of the Gironde river, while the Right Bank focuses on Merlot. Often, blends from outside the region are classified as being inspired by one or the other.

In the Glass

Cabernet-based, Left-Bank-styled wines are typically more tannic and structured, while Merlot-based wines modeled after the Right Bank are softer and suppler. Cabernet Franc can add herbal notes, while Malbec and Petit Verdot contribute color and structure. Wines from Bordeaux can be bold and fruit-forward or restrained and earthy, while New World facsimiles tend to emulate the former style. In general, Bordeaux red blends can have aromas and flavors of black currant, cedar, plum, graphite, and violet, with more red fruit flavors when Merlot makes up a high proportion of the blend.

Perfect Pairings

Since Bordeaux red blends are often quite structured and tannic, they pair best with hearty, flavorful, and fatty meat dishes. Any type of steak makes for a classic pairing. Equally welcome with these wines would be beef brisket, pot roast, braised lamb, or smoked duck.

Sommelier Secret

While the region of Bordeaux is limited to a select few approved grape varieties, the New World is free to experiment. Bordeaux blends in California may include Syrah, Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, or virtually any other grape deemed worthy by the winemaker. In Australia, Shiraz is a common component.

MRJSANGIO_2001 Item# 120560

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