Pride Mountain Vineyards Vintner Select Cuvée Chardonnay 2005
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Wine EnthusiastBig, big, big. Make that huge, huge, huge. This Chard rocks. It's done up in the grand Burgundian way, but all the bells and whistles can't put a dent in the fruit, which is just, well, big and huge. Mangoes, papayas, pineapple custard, peach pie, macaroon, gingersnap cookie, vanilla fudge, buttered toast, all brightened with coastal acidity. Chardonnay just doesn't get any richer than this.
Wine AdvocateA wine I rarely see, but which can be outstanding, is Pride Mountain's Chardonnay Vintner's Select Mountaintop Vineyard. Made from a one-acre parcel and put through full malolactic, the 2005 exhibits plenty of minerality in its lemon oil, orange blossom, apple skin, and brioche-filled perfume and flavors. Medium to full-bodied with excellent acidity as well as impressive depth, it should provide plenty of pleasure over the next 3-4 years.
Wine SpectatorIntense yet elegant, with ripe, rich pear, fig and hazelnut notes that are sleek and well-defined. Finishes with a smooth texture. Drink now. 224 cases made.