1998 Pride Mountain Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Saturated, bright ruby-blue. Sappy, spicy aromas of cassis, blackberry, blueberry and roast coffee. Powerful mountain-style Cabernet, with intense flavors of black fruits, licorice, shoe polish and wintermint, and strong underlying backbone. Here, too, the tannins are less sweet than those of the extraordinary '97 yet coat the entire palate. Not quite as superripe or generous as the '97, but then not many wines are. The harvest in these vines began in the second week of November and ended in early December.
Deliciously ripe and complex, overflowing with layers of exotic spice, mineral, sage, currant and blackberry, and finishing with a burst of flavor. Tannins are well-integrated.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The outstanding 1998 Cabernet Sauvignon boasts a dark ruby/purple color as well as surprising opulence for a wine from this vintage, admirable elegance, abundant black currant fruit, a dense, chewy mid-palate, a fleshy texture, low acidity, and a tannic finish. It is a classic Cabernet Sauvignon with medium weight, as well as outstanding ripeness, richness, and balance. (RP)
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.