Pride Mountain Vineyards Vintner Select Cuvée Chardonnay 2005


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2005 was a great year for our small 1.2 acre chardonnay block that is the sole source of our Vintner Select Chardonnay. A warm summer ripening season transitioned to a perfect autumn harvest. The result is a hugely concentrated golden-hued chardonnay possessing a nose of butterscotch and lemons that satiates the senses. The indulgent palate reminds of lemon chiffon pie with persistent lingering flavors of pear nectar, citrus and more butterscotch. This full-bodied beauty holds her own even when tasted after our red wines.
Category White Wine
Country California
Region Sonoma County
Brand Pride Mountain Vineyards
Alcohol/vol 14.5%
  • we95

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.

March 1, 2007
  • wa91

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.

Robert Parker, December 25, 2006
  • ws87

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.

James Laube, July 31, 2007