2000 Pride Mountain "Reserve" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
A worthy successor to the stunning 1999, the 2000 version is again a deeply fruited and extraordinarily precise expression of pure Cabernet cassis complete with the loamy and black-olive aspects of the grape and is decked out with a fine complement of supportive oak spice. There are plenty of fine-grained tannins to ensure a very long life, and, as with Pride's best efforts, this is one to hide away in the cellar for a decade and more.
Slightly raw aromas of blackberry, cassis leaf, graphite, licorice, wild herbs and green pepper, lifted by spicy high notes. Supple but a bit simple on entry, with the dark berry flavors showing a repeating green quality. Finishes with granular, dry-edged tannins and a late hint of leather. Bright acidity keeps this midweight Cabernet Sauvignon alive but I wanted a bit more complexity. I recall this wine seeming considerably riper and richer on release, but this bottle conveys an impression of modest flavor development. (ST)
Sleek and elegant, with pretty scents of blackberry and sandlewood, turning elegant and polished. Well-structured, with firm, integrated tannins and a long, complex finish. (JL)
The cult following for Pride Mountain has been in full force for years now. Situated high up at the top of Spring Mountain, the winery straddles the Sonoma/Napa county line and commands a spectacular view of Mount St Helena. The property was a winery well over 100 years ago, and now produces some of the more sought after wines in California.