Bottle Notes, Cabernet Sauvignon

2005 Pride Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon – Bottle Notes

Pride Mountain Vineyards was founded in 1991 by Jim and Carolyn Pride on a site once known as Summit Winery. Jim Pride died in 2004, but the Pride children, Steve Pride and Suzanne Pride Bryan, now own and run the winery. Sally Johnson is the Winemaker. The property consists of 235 acres, 183 of which are planted to Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Syrah, Sangiovese, Viognier and Chardonnay.

Purple in color. 14.8% ABV. Funky nose of over-ripe fruits, smoke and anise. Big, ripe and powerful on the palate. Flavors of cassis liqueur, currants, milk chocolate and licorice. The finish is long with silky tannins. Delicious wine if you can get past the nose. I could not, although admittedly it seemed to blow off a little after the bottle had been open for several hours. Drink over the next 1-2 years.

My rating: 87 points.

Current vintages of Pride can be found at retail and via the mailing list. The Cabernet Sauvignon should run around $70. Pride is also a great stop on your next visit to Napa Valley.

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