Pride Mountain Vineyards Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1999

Pride Mountain Vineyards Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1999

SKU C0200


Bring on the big guns! Not a wine for the meek, if this wine doesn't knock your socks off, they must be glued to your feet. One of the darkest Cabs we've ever bottled, it is a wine like this that gets people excited about big, blockbuster, California Cabs. A profusion of ripe and spicy black cherry aromas lure you in and then explode in the mouth with a layer of vanilla that fills the middle with amazing richness and viscosity. Don't make any immediate plans for your mouth after that first taste - the finish will keep your taste buds busy long into the evening. Enjoy this wine in its vibrant youth, or tuck it away - bottle aging will only enhance its graces.
Category Red Wine
Region California, Napa Valley
Brand Pride Mountain Vineyards
Alcohol/vol 14.4%
  • wa94

Wine AdvocateThe 1999 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve (900 cases) is closed, revealing remarkably concentrated creme de cassis fruit intermixed with licorice, mineral, and toasty oak aromas and flavors, along with high tannin in the finish. It tastes like an over-sized Bordeaux given its tannin profile, but the huge wealth of fruit, glycerin, and extract are exceptional. Patience will be essential. Anticipated maturity: 2006-2025.

Robert Parker, August 2002
  • ws93

Wine SpectatorTruly exotic spicy wood aromatics make this an irrestable olfactory temptation. Dark, rich and layered with flavor, offering beefy currant, cedar, anise and black cherry fruit that turns sleek and elegant. A lively, lingering aftertaste. Drink now through 2010. 900 cases made.

James Laube, August 31, 2002
  • st92+

International Wine CellarGood full ruby-red. Very complex, Bordeaux-like aromas of currant, mace, brown sugar and lead pencil. Dense and sweet but laid-back and rather subtle; kaleidoscopic flavors of dried cherry, roasted coffee bean, licorice, shoe polish and tobacco leaf. Here the firm tannins are less obviously buffered by mid-palate material. Finishes with a perfumed note of dried herbs. A bit less sophisticated than the reserve claret, notes Foley.

Stephen Tanzer, May 2002