1997 Pride Mountain Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
*Top 100 Wines of 2000* Dark and intense, with a solid, plush core of ripe, rich currant, black cherry, blackberry and light cedar notes. Jam-packed with flavors, it's an immense wine but beautifully balanced.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The opaque black/purple-colored 1997 Cabernet Sauvignon (3,472 cases) offers sensational notes of black currants, minerals, smoke, licorice, and new oak. Full-bodied, with fabulous extract and power, the acidity, tannin, and potentially harsh components are well-meshed with the wine's personality. This is a large, ripe, impeccably balanced Cabernet Sauvignon that achieved 14.1% alcohol naturally. (RP)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Black ruby to the rim. Vibrant aromas of blueberry, blackberry, black cherry, violet, espresso and cedary oak. Huge, lush and sweet; thick and mouthfilling, with very strong extract and firm supporting spine. A classic mountain-style fruit bomb, but with remarkably fine, sweet tannins. Very long and ripe on the aftertaste. (ST)
Not a wine that will please the world, but as a group we liked it a lot. Very forward and rustic, with cassis, a hint of mint, and also a boatload of oak. It has a cedary character on the palate, with chocolate and coffee accents. Mouth-coating in the finish; it could use a few years of down time to show its charms.
*Two Stars* We confess to mixed feelings here for, while the wine leads with a lovely nose of deep, impressively concentrated fruit, it proves to be surprisingly tight and still bound up by toughening tannins once in the mouth. It demands further patience, and it needs a good many more years in the cellar, but its extracted fruit encourages hopes that polish will come some. The combination of its mountain-top fruit and an exceptional vintage have here produced a wine with the potential for unusual longevity.