*2004 Pride Mountain Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Pride Mountain Vineyards Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, California, USA 2004
Opaque...black currant, dried cherries, elegant evenly focused tannins on the palate, cherry and chocolate flavors. YUM. Perhaps a little less cowboy (read, “more elegant”) than the Claret . .
The two flagship wines of this brilliant estate, which straddles the Sonoma and Napa county lines at the top of Spring Mountain, include the 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve (98% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Petit Verdot). Sixty-eight percent of the fruit comes from Sonoma and 32% from Napa. It exhibits classic notes of creme de cassis, licorice, cedarwood, incense and a hint of toasty oak in the background. Full-bodied, opulent, profound deep, rich and full with velvety edges, the tannin can be detected, but it is wonderfully integrated in this mountain-styled Cabernet. It continues Pride’s impressive track record with these special cuvees. (RP)
Our goal is to make intensely flavored wines that reflect and honor our unique growing situation at 2100’ elevation. Our vineyards mainly face south and are above the fog layer which results in vines bathed in sunshine from morning to evening throughout the growing season. Our morning low temperatures are much higher than in the surrounding valleys while our afternoon high temperatures are much lower. Due to this, our vines are physiologically active for most of each 24-hour period during the ripening season even if the grapes do not ripen faster than in the valleys due to our cooler afternoon temperatures. These distinct growing conditions result in big red wines that are on the black-fruit side of the ripeness spectrum but that nonetheless are loaded with varietal character and a nice amount of acidity on the finish. The viognier and chardonnay have mid-palate richness due to all of our sunshine but are able to maintain acidity and excitement on the finish. Our whites are distinguished by having a strong flavor intensity while simultaneously remaining fresh and lively in the mouth.