Looking over our notes for this wine, the word that stands out most prominently is 'Wait.' This bold and dramatic wine is so very sturdy in its build that it demands patience. Never mind, if you can, its intense aromas of black cherries, clove, briar and the riches of creamy oak and sweet loam, and look past its beginning palatal impressions of suppleness backed up by a firming spine of balancing acidity. Instead, put it away for a decade, and your patience will be handsomely rewarded. *Three Stars*
Its opaque purple color is followed by a beautiful flowery nose revealing notions of blueberry pie, blackberries, cassis and a hint of vanillin in the background. An opulent, full-bodied red with great depth, purity and richness, it is a blend of 82% Sonoma fruit and 18% Napa fruit. The texture is like a skyscraper and the wine is plush, opulent and ideal for drinking over the next 10-15 years. This brilliant estate, whose vineyards straddle the Napa/Sonoma county line at the top of Spring Mountain, continues to turn out a bevy of exciting wines that first made headlines when Bob Foley was the winemaker. The transition from Foley to the current winemaker, Sally Johnson, has gone flawlessly. (RP) 95+
Rich, lush and complex, with red currant and toasty bitter mocha aromas that lead to layered black raspberry, anise and fresh earthy loam flavors. The tannins are big but fleshy. (TF)
Good deep ruby-red. Captivating aromas of redcurrant, plum, cedar and tobacco; about as claret-like as mountain fruit can be. Then opulent, round and smooth in the mouth, but with nicely restrained sweetness. Turns more serious on the back end, finishing with suave but firm tannins and building sweetness. This is excellent. (ST)
Deep ruby. Liqueur-like aromas of black cherry, cassis, blackberry, bitter chocolate and slightly tarry oak are accented by a minty nuance. Wonderfully broad, fine-grained wine with shocking inner-mouth lift thanks to its balance of sweetness and urgent acidity. Still amazingly primary in a classic mountain style--in fact, almost simple today. Penetrating black fruit, violet and licorice flavors carry impressively on the firmly tannic, chocolatey finish, which shows no dryness. This infant is evolving at a snail's pace. (ST) 93+
Utterly delicious, so soft and refined. It's like blackberry and cherry pastries and cookies melted into wine, enhanced with squirts of cassis, anisette and chocolate sauce. Defines the California, and moreover the Pride Mountain, style, a flashy, flamboyant wine to drink over the next few years.
Full bodied, with dark chocolate, berry, and licorice. Very powerful and rich, with an in-your-face velvety style but I appreciate it. Nice and chewy, give this three of four years of bottle age. Pull the cork after 2014. 14+23+23+32. Find the wine
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