2008 Pride Mountain "Vintner Select Cuvée" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1086240 93 points James Suckling

 What a complex nose of licorice, blackberries, dark cherries, with hints of smoke and meat. This is full-bodied, with firm polished tannins. A long and beautiful finish. This was made with half the normal crop due to frost in this vintage. Try to wait four years before you pull the cork.  (6/2011)

93 points Wine Enthusiast

 Hugely delicious, just a joy to drink. So soft and velvety, so rich in blackberry jam, cassis and chocolate flavors, with the tannins so smooth and round.  (9/2011)

93 points Wine Spectator

 This fresh, rich and juicy red features layered flavors of black cherry, red and black licorice, cedar, spice and floral scents. Full-bodied and firming midpalate, this ends with fine-grained, detailed tannins. Drink now through 2024. (JL)  (4/2012)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Vintner’s Select is deeper and fleshier than the straight Cabernet. Here the flavor profile tends towards blacker fruits. Tobacco, scorched earth, spices, mint, leather and licorice add complexity and gravitas on the rich, textured finish. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2028. (AG)  (12/2011)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Very deep, bright ruby-red. Slightly high-toned, expressive aromas of black cherry, redcurrant, cedar and tobacco. Dense, thick and sweet; rounder and more open-knit today than the Vintner Select Merlot, with noteworthy breadth to the flavors of redcurrant, dark chocolate, cedar and sexy herbs. Finishes with substantial tongue-dusting tannins that are supported by the wine's mid-palate sweetness. (ST)  (5/2011)

90 points Connoisseurs Guide

 By any and all measures a downright extravagant Cabernet that makes no apologies for ripeness and oak, this mouthfilling opus is solidly built with ample tannins and integral acids affording it fine balance for the very big wine that it is. It may be a bit too much of a good thing for some, and it is not one we would pick for pouring with delicate dishes, but if full-throttle Cabernet is to your liking, this one succeeds and should age famously for five to ten years.  (8/2011)

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Sonoma County

- Second in fame only to Napa, this "other" valley offers just about every climate and topography imaginable. From its cool and fog-enshrouded coastal regions on the far west, to the sprawling Alexander Valley on the boarder of Napa and the many little dips and peaks in between, Sonoma has been a vital wine-grape-growing region since the mid 1800s. Important sub-AVAs include Chalk Hill (known for chardonnay and sauvignon blanc), Dry Creek Valley (where zin is king) Knights Valley (largely cabernet land), Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast (both celebrated pinot and chardonnay zones).