2001 Pride Mountain Sonoma County Cabernet Franc

SKU #1054111 93 points Wine & Spirits

 No tasting note given.  (8/2004)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The fully mature 2001 Cabernet Franc is a blend of 75% Cabernet Franc and 25% Merlot offering an intriguing nose of tree bark, mushrooms, earth and spice (reminiscent of some California Mourvedres). It stands out as a very different animal when tasted in the company of Pride’s Merlots and Cabernet Sauvignons. It reveals more oak than its siblings, and with prolonged aeration, pure, dark fruit characteristics as well as an underbrush, foresty component emerge. I suspect it is a “love it or leave it” style of wine. I was actually indifferent to it on first sip, but with airing, the wine grew incrementally, becoming very impressive, so don’t jump to conclusions and discount it. It should drink well for another 7-8 years. These impressive 2001s from Pride Mountain Vineyards were made during the regime of Bob Foley and the late Jim Pride. (RP)  (6/2011)

91 points Vinous

 Good ruby-red. Sappy, fruit-driven aromas of blackberry, cassis and espresso, lifted by a violet element. Rich, supple and sweet, with lush but lively flavors of cassis and dark chocolate. Finishes with sweet, broad tannins and excellent length. Delicious Cabernet Franc. (ST)  (5/2004)

91 points Wine Spectator

 Spicy, toasty, mocha-scented oak plays a strong role in this richly flavored wine, built around ripe plum, blueberry and wild berry flavors. Finishes with a sense of elegance and lift. (JL)  (11/2003)

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Cabernet Franc

- While Cabernet Franc, a parent with Sauvignon Blanc to the ubiquitous Cabernet Sauvignon, frequently plays second fiddle in Bordeaux blends (though it does get more props on the Right Bank, where it dominates Cheval Blanc), this lighter, higher acid/lower tannin, early-maturing, perfumed red varietal is far from a wallflower. It is the headliner in the Loire Valley appellations of Saumur-Champigny, Bourgueil, St-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil, Chinon and Anjou-Villages, where it makes exceptional, food-friendly wines. Outside of France, Cabernet Franc can be found in northern Italy, particularly in Friuli and in California where it is frequently used as a blending grape in Bordeaux-style wines. Heartier in the cold than Cabernet Sauvignon, Cab Franc is gaining a foothold in northern and eastern wine regions like Canada, New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

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.


- 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.
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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).