Pride Mountain Vineyards Reserve Claret 1998


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As this rich claret blend begins to open, the aromas offer a profusion of ripe berries and saddle leather. Tannins are soft and chewy while the mid-palate is round and lush, almost sweet, and explosive with flavors of currant and chocolate, which resolve into dark-roasted coffee elements in the super-long finish. Delicious upon release, ten years bottle age will allow this wine to reach its full potential.
Category Red Wine
Country California
Region Napa Valley
Brand Pride Mountain Vineyards
  • wa93

Wine AdvocateThe opaque purple-colored 1998 Reserve Claret (a blend of 60% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 5% Petit Verdot) reveals red and black fruit scents intermixed with vanilla, underbrush, and mocha/coffee. It is long and opulently-textured, with low acidity, fabulous fruit, a succulent, expansive mid-palate, and a blockbuster, long finish. This is compelling stuff! Drink it over the next 12-15 years. The limited production Reserve cuvee (280 cases) is an expression of California winemaking at its most compelling.

Robert Parker, June 28, 2002
  • ws90

Wine SpectatorLayers of ripe, supple currant, coffee, toffee, blackberry, black licorice and toasty oak. Finishes with a complex, tightly focused aftertaste. A delicious blend of Merlot, Cabernet and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2006. 242 cases made.

James Laube, June 30, 2001