1999 Pride Mountain Sonoma County Cabernet Franc
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The terrific, extremely textured 1999 Cabernet Franc boasts a floral and black fruit-scented nose with an underlying mineral/earthiness. The wine is medium to full-bodied with an ethereal sense of lightness. The finish goes on and on. There is plenty of sweet tannin to go along with the copious fruit and extract. Pride Mountain does an amazing job with Cabernet Franc. They somehow achieve superb flavor and aromatic intensity without the weight one would expect from a wine so rich and full. Anticipated maturity: 2003-2018. (RP)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(with 25% merlot) Good medium ruby-red. Black cherry, cassis, violet, tobacco and mint on the nose. Juicy and tightly wound, with vibrant dark berry and tobacco leaf flavors. Foley used the merlot quite effectively to fill in the wine's middle. From fruit picked mostly in November.
A smooth, rich, silky style, with ripe, complex currant, black cherry, herb, cedar, chocolate and vanilla. Finishes with a long, complex aftertaste that keeps pumping out the flavors. (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. The reviewers tend to agree with the collectors, as the wines regularly achieve fantastic scores in numerous respected publications