Pride Mountain Vineyards Cabernet sauvignon 2011
APPELLATION: 62% Sonoma 38% Napa
HARVEST: November 2011
FERMENTATION: Stainless Steel
COOPERAGE: French Oak
BLEND: 92% Cabernet Sauvignon 5% Merlot 3% Petit Verdot
We are incredibly proud of our 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon. It is a beautiful wine and one that clearly demonstrates the advantages of our unique mountaintop location and of farming our own property with a full-time vineyard crew. After all of the hard work in the vineyard and in the cellar, the finished wine is just as rich, ripe and balanced as you would expect from us. The nose is the essence of cabernet sauvignon with concentrated blackberry, plum, cassis, resin and subtle menthol. On the palate, the wine is round and full while retaining a delightful freshness and a finish that lingers. This is a wine that will show well early in its evolution but age beautifully, and one that was definitely worth the effort!
Surprisingly, the timing of the 2011 harvest wound up being quite similar to 2010, with most of our grapes being harvested in early to mid November and fermentations completed in early December. Individual lots were aged in French oak, about 50% new, for 18 months prior to final blending and bottling in July 2013.