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Pride Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Franc 2001

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750ML / 14.1% ABV
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750ML / 14.1% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Three small vineyard blocks, situated on some of our steeper slopes and terraces, have produced a wine with bottomless ruby color, a gorgeous middle body and incredible texture. Huge and mouth-filling, this is a wine of almost endless dimensions. Twenty-five percent mountain grown Merlot has been added to offer further complexity. Varietal aromas of rich, ripe blackberries and blueberries leap from the glass, accented with a trace of tea. On the palate, the dark berry flavors explode, lingering there for minutes on end, with cassis and cocoa unfolding in the finish.

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RP 95
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Cabernet Franc's floral and blueberry characteristics are found in this intense, medium-bodied 2001 along with extraordinary elegance and palate presence. A hedonistic as well as intellectual turn-on, it should age nicely for 10-15 years, but who can resist it now? A blend of 75% Cabernet Franc and 25% Merlot.
W&S 93
Wine & Spirits
Pride's mountaintop vineyard at the border of Napa and Sonoma counties is a great place to grow Cabernet Franc. The high builds a depth of flavor into these grapes that shows up in layers of green spice in the wine, almost a garam marsala intensity. And it shows off franc's refinement of tannin, a firmness that frames the beautiful expression of Spring Mountain's soil, well drained hilltops eroded from what were most likely once sea beds, pushed 2000 feet above the sea by the Pacific Plate. Winemaker Bob Foley believes their content, structure and exceptional drainage Account for the soft textures of his wines. This cabernet franc gains stature as it takes on air, offering tremendous complexity a day after the bottle is first opened. Delicious with braised lamb, whether a long cooked shank or in a Bolognese sauce over fresh pasta.
WS 91
Wine Spectator
Spicy, toasty, mocha-scented oak plays a strong role in this richly flavored wine built around ripe plum, blueberry and wild berry flavors. Finishes with a lift and sense of elegance.
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Pride Mountain Vineyards, 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.
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