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2002 Pride Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Sauvignon

USA California North Coast Napa

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Professional Reviews

90 points Stephen Tanzer's IWC 5/2005
92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate 2/2005
93 points Wine Spectator 12/2004
93 points Wine Enthusiast 2/2003

Member Reviews

Pride Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
best showing to date
Mike P.
Mike P.

Rated  on May 23, 2008

Color was an intense opaque hue of garnet. The palate revealed  deep dark blackberry, red cherries and ripe bright cassis with a smooth pure and plush mouthfeel that was superbly well balanced. There was a nice freshness evident as was some soy, black olives and vanilla (oak). I have no hate for oak when used deftly (or does not take control), as was the case here. The acid level was enough to carry it with the food and the tannins were clean & rounded. The bottle had a creative 33% splash decant 3 hours earlier (Pobega method).

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Pride Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
Mike P.
Mike P.

Rated  on May 13, 2008

Beautiful color. This needed the hour decant time I gave it as out of the gate there was an unbalanced disjointed quality that I did not care for. 1 hour later; The nose is pretty cassis as well as petroleum-refinery (a la Ch. Latour). Maybe a bit candied as well. The palate reveals a nicely balanced lush & quiet fruit bomb. There is both red and dark fruits (currant, blackberry, blackcherries, and plum) as well as tar, licorice, coffee-bean, and the Foley toasted oak.....but restrained. The acid level is a bit high and there is a certain sweetness evident that does not detract. There is also some sediment. The tannins seem to be resolving nicely. A nice 30 second aftertaste finished up a very nice deftly made wine. Drink now (decant) or hold for 5 years. I wish this had blown me away, they used to.

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Network Reviews

I am sold . . .
Score: 94 points
Drink by: 3 to 7 years
After hearing all the raves, I managed to get a few bottles of this. I have now had it on two occasions and have enjoyed this wine tremendously. Both times we had minimal decant time on the wine (30 minutes) and would not give it much more. The wine was a dark purple colour with a nose of berries, coffee, chocolate and hints of oak. The entry is rich with a thick mouth feel and lots of fruit but the chocolate on the nose is still very much there. The wine finishes with smooth fine tannins and the 14.5+% alcohol is barely noticeable. This wine can be drunk now with pleasure especially if you are like me and can`t wait.
Posted by jcyf on March 25, 2005
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The name
Score: 97 points
Drink by: 8 to 12 years
I haven`t,to date had a bottle of wine from Pride that exemplifies it`s name.Lucious,purple, mouthwatering fruity and a very nice finish on the palate.The only problem with Pride mountain wines is the people who are buying them,not for drinking,but to double & triple the cost of the wine,thereby leaving many people unable to afford on eof the best wines in the world.Again hats off to Foley.This wine can be made into an amazing dinner with a bagette & some reggiano Parmegiano.Absolute bliss!
Posted by anonymous on March 15, 2005
Super delicious!
Score: 94 points
Drink by: Now to 2 years
This was a thick, lush, brilliant fruit foward cabernet that was pleasing right out of the bottle. It had a nice structure, deliciously integrated tannins and a mid length finnish. The wine possesed a purity that made you shake your head in disbelief that this is merely a $60 bottle of wine. My only regret is owning only 8 more bottles (2 cases would be nice).

I do not expect this to be a long aging wine (at least not as well as the 2001 Pride), but quite frankly who cares? I am sure Pride will keep up its blockbuster streak.

I really wanted to give this wine a higher score, but it lacked the super strengthed backbone and intensity that I like to see in my 95+ point wines. However, if I were to consider quality to price in my scoring I would give this wine a score of 99.

Posted by craskin on October 9, 2004
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I see a pattern forming here
Score: 94 points
Drink by: 3 to 7 years
We tasted the `02 Pride Cab at the winery this past week, then had a bottle with dinner on another night. Although this vintage isn`t quite as hugely tannic as the `01, everything is there that qualifies for a great Cabernet. The nose is ripe and young, as are the flavors of red fruits, cooked cherries and gobs of berries with hints of anise, leather. After an hour, it had mellowed nicely and was drinking very smoothly. This cab is going to be a stunner with a few years in the cellar. I can`t wait!
Posted by 1000-yard-stare on August 6, 2004
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