2010 Pride Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon California
86 Ratings
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86 Ratings
2010 Pride Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon California

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(From 2007 Vintage) This is it - the release we’ve all been waiting for – our big estate Cabernet Sauvignon from the exciting and age-worthy 2007 vintage. With ample structure, blue-black fruit and great aging potential, this phenomenal wine is reminiscent of past vintages of our Reserve Cabernet. The nose expresses gorgeous flavors of cassis, black raspberry compote, cocoa and blueberry. The mouth is firm yet round, with intense flavors that evolve in the glass and balance the wine’s structure. The final blend read more...This is it - the release we’ve all been waiting for – our big estate Cabernet Sauvignon from the exciting and age-worthy 2007 vintage. With ample structure, blue-black fruit and great aging potential, this phenomenal wine is reminiscent of past vintages of our Reserve Cabernet. The nose expresses gorgeous flavors of cassis, black raspberry compote, cocoa and blueberry. The mouth is firm yet round, with intense flavors that evolve in the glass and balance the wine’s structure. The final blend is composed of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot from our Wind Whistle and Callie’s vineyard blocks, and 6% Petit Verdot. The wine was blended and bottled in July 2009, and has been bottle aged for four months. (hide)

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    With fruit harvested between the 21st of October and the 18th of November, the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon was one of our latest picked wines ever. But the long wait and our attention to detail paid off with a standout wine that I could not be prouder of. The enticing nose is loaded with ripe blackberries, cherry, plum, subtle tarry notes, dark chocolate and resinous underbrush. The palate is a seamless mesh of velvety tannins with vibrant acidity and undulating layers of fruit, tobacco and spice notes. This exceptional wine is balanced, complex and expresses a purity of varietal character that we find very exciting. It can be enjoyed this year, but will favorably evolve for decades. Rating: 90 Medium-dark ruby; attractive, forward, spicy, cassis, blackberry, and dark cherry fruit aroma with hints of tobacco and dark chocolate; full body; slightly plush, plummy, ripe black cherry and dark berry fruit flavors with good balance and depth; medium-full to full tannin; lingering aftertaste. Approachable now as it developed with airing in the glass. Very highly recommended. Rating: 91+ ($66) (blended with 9% merlot and 6% petit verdot): Subdued but pure aromas of cassis, licorice, herbs and tobacco leaf, complicated by notes of sweet butter, pepper and vanillin oak. Perfumed and fine-grained in the mouth, with a restrained sweetness and very good thrust to the black cherry, currant and tobacco leaf flavors. Finishes with a firm spine of lively acids and chalky tannins and very good length. As with the merlot, the fruit was picked into early November. Production here was 5,750 cases. Rating: 93+ The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon is brighter, fresher and more vibrant than the 2009.Black cherries, mocha, violets, licorice and graphite all jump from the glass. The 2010 is quite typical of the vintage in its verve, cut, focus and minerality. This is a terrific showing. Anticipated maturity: 2020-2030.

    over 1 year
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    present from Anna Nick. Very dry, not in love with this wine it does not speak to me

    almost 2 years
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    Awesome bold with a nice tannin-ish finish

    11 months
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    I love it!

    over 1 year
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    Solid

    11 months
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  • Robert Parker
    The enticing nose is loaded with ripe blackberries, cherry, plum, subtle tarry notes, dark chocolate and resinous underbrush. The palate is a seamless mesh of velvety tannins with vibrant acidity and undulating layers of fruit, tobacco and spice notes.
    Sally Johnson received a degree in oenology from the University of California, Davis. Her career began in 1999 at St. Francis winery in Sonoma, California. Today she makes wine for Pride Mountain Vineyards in Sonoma County where her wines have received international attention.