2005 Pride Mountain Napa-Sonoma Counties Cabernet Sauvignon
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The deep ruby/purple-colored 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon (58% from Napa and 42% from Sonoma) possesses a full-bodied mouthfeel as well as loads of cassis fruit, and smoky, subtle oak in the background. Round, plump, and hedonistic, it should drink well for a decade. (RP)
*Cellar Selection* A big, juicy young Cab that impresses for sheer flashiness, yet needs some time for its edges to soften. The ripe blackberry and cassis fruit is deep and generous, with nuances of smoky oak and sweet herbs. But the tannins are very strong and astringent. Needs cellar time. Best after 2009.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Good ruby-red. Aromatically inviting nose offers dark cherry, mocha, tobacco, coffee, licorice and flowers. Supple and rather suave, with a restrained sweetness to the somewhat cool flavors of medicinal cherry and anise. Finishes with substantial tannins that call for a couple years of patience. (ST)
Bright medium ruby. Black cherry, mocha, licorice pastille, bitter chocolate and exotic oak spices on the nose. Suave and fine-grained, conveying an almost port-like ripeness to its briary dark berry, licorice and bitter chocolate flavors. This rather chunky, seriously tannic wine is energized by firm, juicy acidity. At once medicinal and sweet, finishing with notes of espresso and bitter chocolate, ripe dusty tannins and very good length. (ST)
Pride Mountain has had a cult following 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. The reviewers tend to agree with the collectors, as the wines regularly achieve fantastic scores in numerous respected publications.