2008 Pride Mountain "Reserve" Sonoma/Napa County Claret SKU #1139108


WS 94 RP 93 ST 93
WE 93 CG 90
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Winemaker's Information: "Blended from exactly 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, our 2008 Reserve Claret is characterized by luscious berry, plum and cassis flavors, a bright zing of acidity and silky, ripe tannins. The Claret was assembled from the final blends for our Vintner Select Merlot and Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon wines, and was then allowed to marry in barrel for six months and in bottle for an additional eight months. The 2008 vintage provided us with an ultra-light crop of Clone 3 merlot for this wine. But it also produced warm, dry weather that allowed the merlot to mature to a singular intensity and aromatic complexity, reminiscent of our ripest vintages including 2002 and 1997." "Medium-dark ruby; attractive, forward, intense, complex, herbal scented, cassis and blackberry fruit aroma with hints of green olive and vanilla; full body; big, rich, textured, extracted, chewy, dark cherry and blackberry fruit flavors; full tanin; lingering aftertaste. Shows both power and elegance with very good structure and balance. Very highly recommended."


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