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Pride Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

Cabernet Sauvignon from North Coast, California
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14.2% ABV
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14.2% ABV

Winemaker Notes

It is a beautiful wine and one that clearly demonstrates the advantages of our unique mountaintop location and of farming our own property with a full-time vineyard crew. After all of the hard work in the vineyard and in the cellar, the finished wine is just as rich, ripe and balanced as you would expect from Pride. The nose is the essence of cabernet sauvignon with concentrated blackberry, plum, cassis, resin and subtle menthol. On the palate, the wine is round and full while retaining a delightful freshness and a finish that lingers. This is a wine that will show well early in its evolution but age beautifully, and one that was definitely worth the effort!

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CG 90
Connoisseurs' Guide
2011 may not be a vintage where ripeness is universal, but Pride's full-scaled Cabernet suffers no shortfall in fully ripe fruit and juxtaposes creamy oak with a touch of milk chocolate and well-defined cherries and currants in both its ample aromas and constant, impressively filled flavors. It is still on the tough side but no more so than serious young Cabernet routinely is, and it should show a bit of much needed polish some six to eight years hence.
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Pride Mountain Vineyards

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Pride Mountain Vineyards, North Coast, 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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A major force on the global playing field, California is the world’s fourth largest wine-producing region on the planet and the majority of land under vine here is devoted to red varieties—they cover nearly double the vineyard acreage compared to whites.

While the state’s incredibly diverse terrain and microclimates allow for countless red wine styles, the one factor unifying all California red wine is the abundance of sunshine and a long, consistent growing season, which leads to well-developed and fully ripened fruit.

The most famous region today, of course, is the acclaimed Napa Valley, where Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Bordeaux Blends garner global attention and in some cases, cult status.

Sonoma County, nestled between Napa Valley and the Pacific Ocean, claims great variability in geography and microclimates with vineyards climbing up mountains, reaching far into valleys and stretching along some the state’s most dramatic coastlines. Here world-class Pinot Noir is possible from Sonoma’s cooler sites while Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon do well in its warmer locations.

The Central Coast, Lodi and the Sierra Foothills also excel in the production of Zinfandel, and remain active new frontiers for Rhône and Spanish varieties.

Mendocino in California’s cool North Coast region is a fantastic source of Pinot noir.

Winemaking in California dates back to the 18th century when Spanish missionaries planted the first wine grapes. But the industry experienced its first boom with the Gold Rush in the last half of the 19th century when miners brought vines to the Sierra Foothills.

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