Sonoma County Showcase of Wine and Food
Winery Luncheon - Friday July 15, 2005
Pride Mountain Vineyards
Hosted by Steve, Susan & Carolyn Pride
What a great luncheon - throughout the year we attend alot of tasting events and dinners, some are bare minimum of hospitality - not this one! The red carpet was rolled out!

Tangerine and Walnut Chicken Salad on Endive
Apricot and Date Nut Fig Bread
Crab Remoulade with Butter Lettuce Burritos
2004 Pride Mountain Vineyards Viognier

California Halibut with Coconut Milk Broth, Toasted Hazelnut & Cilantro Oil – Julienne of Vegetables
2004 Pride Mountain Vineyards Chardonnay
2004 Pride Mountain Vineyards
Vintner’s Select Chardonnay

Pork Loin Confit, Sweet Potato Chips, Fava Bean Puree and Berry Almond Mole
2002 Pride Mountain Vineyards Merlot
2002 Pride Mountain Vineyards
Vintner’s Select Merlot

Rack of Lamb Provencal
2002 Pride Mountain Vineyards
Cabernet Sauvignon
2002 Pride Mountain Vineyards Reserve
Cabernet Sauvignon

Cognac Poached Apricot Cream Cheese Tart with Nectarine Ice Cream
NV Pride Mountain Vineyards Mistelle De Viognier

Barrel Tasting Notes:

2003 Pride Mountain Vineyards Reserve Claret This is going to be a really great wine. Expressive nose. Drinkable now. 6+

2003 Pride Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 100% Cab (although they top the barrels with Petit Verdot). Jammy nose, screams fruit. Really extracted. Candy Wine. Ja: Closed nose, sharp tannins, a darn lot of wood. A lot of alcohol. Sweet.

2004 Pride Mountain Vineyards Sangiovese Pride has only 3 rows of Sangiovese so they bottle the tiny amount they make in 500ml bottles. We tasted only the Sangiovese component (65% of final wine) – it will be blended with 35% of either Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot before it is bottled. Jo: Jammy nose. Tannic finish. Blueberries! And blackberries. Too bad it’s going to be blended? Ja: Joanne really liked this as it is, where as I thought it was missing something and wish it had the Cab or Merlot blended in already - too unfinished to assess intelligently today.

2004 Pride Mountain Vineyards Syrah Pride have 2-3 acres of young vine Sirah (their spelling on the barrel). Ja: Coffee-like, acidic. Hides alcohol well – it doesn’t show. This will be a very good wine. 3? Jo: herbal nose notes. Spicy green finish is slightly bitter. A bit of chocolate on the finish. Malty tea. Smells like walking through fallen leaves in the autumn.

2004 Pride Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Carolyn Vineyard This vineyard is clone 337 and 10 year old vines, 100% Napa County. Very cab-like nose. Ja: The Juice! You wouldn't guess this was a Pride - not big or brash. 9-12 (if bottled separately). Jo: Elegant. Coffee and chocolate on nose. Slightly bitter. Oak on finish. [Update March, 2006 - 5 cases were bottled of this wine for a charity auction - bought by Capitol Cellars. This is probably the rarest Pride wine in existance!]

2004 Pride Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Franc Mushroomy nose. Very bitter finish. Mid notes of cumin and Mexican carnitos. Spicy. Will have Merlot or Cabernet Sauvignon blended in before bottling. 6

Note from Jack: A number (or range of numbers) after my notes indicates the number of bottles I would purchase/like to have in my cellar. (Instead of the 50-100 pt scale.)

Tasting Notes

2004 Pride Mountain Vineyards Viognier A pleasant wine. Ja: Couldn't tell it was Viognier. Presents itself as if it has oak, but was aged in neutral oak - perhaps not as neutral as it should have been? Pride says this is typical.

2004 Pride Mountain Vineyards Chardonnay Slight malo on finish. Limes on finish. ? (Pride's only non-Estate grown wine.)

2004 Pride Mountain Vineyards Chardonnay Vintner’s Select (Mountain Top Vineyard) Ja: Could be a very exciting wine. Serious complexity. Very good acids. 2-3? Jo: Too much malo for me. Ick.

Ja: Both Chardonnays were too young to drink and need 1-5(!) years to settle down. Yes, this was surprising for California Chardonnays.

2002 Pride Mountain Vineyards Merlot Jammy finish – coffee lingers. A lot of alcohol. Good acids. More drinkable now than the select. Both the Merlots need to have food – you don’t want to drink them by themselves. Note with food: More approachable right now than the select. Really brings out the chocolate in the sauce. Ja: I've drunk a few bottles of the 2001 Merlot and would seek out more of the 2001, not the 2002. 1?

2002 Pride Mountain Vineyards Merlot Vintner’s Select (Mountain Top) Intense blackberry jam nose. A harder wine – less fruit-forward. Tastes high in alcohol. Really sweet finish but also bitter – like burnt coffee. A lot of finishing acids which last a long time. A lot going on in this wine but it’s not time to drink it – come back. Not great with the food. Ja: The rambunctious acids on the finish really prevented me from enjoying this wine. 1?

2002 Pride Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Great acids. Slightly bitter. Harder center, minerally. Ja: Closed – still no nose after being poured into our glasses more than 3 hours ago. Too tight today.

2002 Pride Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Reseve Very similar mid-notes to the non-reserve but much longer finish. More jam-like fruits. Ja: This wine may be tremendous some day. 6+

NV Pride Mountain Vineyards Mistelle De Viognier Ja: Such a unique, pleasant, interesting intense nose. You are expecting higher alcohol than there is. Floral liquer nose. Can’t describe some of the nose. Good acids. I was done with it after 3 swallows, i.e., a full glass is too much. This wine is made with unfermented Viognier juice which is fortified with neutral spirits.

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