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Pride Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Franc 2000

Cabernet Franc from Sonoma County, California
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14.1% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

In the glass, a rush of summer-ripe blackberry and blueberry aromas assault your nose (think berry picking on a hot summer day when you were a kid) graced with a sliver of tea-like nuance and toasty oak. On the palate, a mouthful of fruit as big as all outdoors follows through, harmoniously balanced with a bit of tobacco and resolved with gentle finishing tannins. Rich and lush, this wine is accessible enough to be enjoyed as a young wine or savored after several years of ageing.

Critical Acclaim

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WE 95
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It's easy to make Cab Franc tasty almost anywhere, but difficult to make it great. Pride succeeds in the later with mountain grapes that have concentrated flavors. Lush, opulent blackberry fruit is exquisitely offset by rich oak and dusty tannins. The texture is fabulous, at once light and dense.
Cellar Selection
W&S 90
Wine & Spirits
Black in tone, the ripe, black cherry flavors of this wine are perfumed by the char of the new oak in which it aged, rounded by its time in oak to a plush feel. The texture is luxurious, while the flavors remain simple and blunt for now. It's a big, giving red from the top of Spring Mountain.
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Pride Mountain Vineyards

Pride Mountain Vineyards

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Pride Mountain Vineyards, Sonoma County, California
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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.

Sonoma County

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Home to a diverse array of smaller AVAs with varied microclimates and soil types, Sonoma County has something for every wine lover. Physically twice as large as Napa Valley, the region only produces about half the amount of wine but boasts both tremendous quality and variety. With its laid-back atmosphere and down-to-earth attitude, the wineries of Sonoma are appreciated by wine tourists for their friendliness and approachability. The entire county intends to become a 100% sustainable winegrowing region by 2019.

Grape varieties are carefully selected to reflect the best attributes of their sites—Dry Creek Valley’s consistent sunshine is ideal for Zinfandel, while the warm Alexander Valley is responsible for rich, voluptuous Cabernet Sauvignon. Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are important throughout the county, most notably in the cooler AVAs of Russian River, Sonoma Coast and Carneros. Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and Syrah have also found a firm footing here.

Cabernet Franc

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The subtler and more delicate of the Cabernets, Cabernet Franc is a proud parent of Cabernet Sauvignon. While both are important grapes in modern day, high quality Bordeaux, interestingly, Cabernet Franc most likely originated from the Basque region of France sometime during the middle 1600’s. Today Cabernet Franc produces outstanding single varietal wines across the wine producing world, with some of its most classic examples from France’s Loire Valley, in the regions of Chinon, Bourgueil and Saumur-Champigny. Outside of France, Cabernet Franc performs quite well in parts of California, New York and Virginia. It is also a great blending grape.

In the Glass

Cabernet Franc typically tastes of red raspberries, cherries and herbs, with a stunning perfume of violets, tobacco and spice.

Perfect Pairings

Mouthwatering acidity makes Cabernet Franc an incredibly food-friendly wine, helping to cut through the richness of fatty meat dishes. It especially shines in tandem with lamb, and its affinity for the spice cabinet allows it to pair perfectly with Chinese dishes prepared with Szechuan pepper and five-spice.

Sommelier Secrets

One of California's best-kept secrets is the Happy Canyon appellation of Santa Barbara. Here Cabernet Franc shines as a single varietal wine or in blends, expressing sumptuous fruit, savory aromas and polished tannins.

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