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Pride Mountain

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I had the pleasure of dining at Pride Mountain Vineyards last Saturday evening with Stuart Bryan and Suzanne Pride Bryan.  I was escorted by my husband John. (I know, someone had to do it).  We had an incredible vertical tasting at 2,200 feet elevation of the Reserve Claret and the Reserve Cabernet.  We tasting 1996, 1999, 2002 and 2008. Two of the eight wines we tasted were rated 100 points by Wine Spectator.  I think one of the most interesting findings was that the 1996 an 1999 had at least another ten years to go.  

Next, we moved to the Pride wine cave which houses over 2,500 barrels.  As you can imagine it was huge.  We were seated in their formal dining room within the cave and we had beautifully orchestrated five course dinner prepared by Chef Owner Staffan Terje of Perbacco.   One of the highlights of the evening was listening to Stuart and Suzanne speak of their efforts throughout the  years at the winery.  I have always been a Pride Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon lover.  I have recently and many of you know, become a Pride Viognier lover as well. Pride’s Viognier is grown at over 1,800 feet elevation and it has so many Condrieu qualities. With aromas of stone fruit, honey and lavender and the mouth feel is classic Viognier,  very round with still bright acidity.  Right now in our Napa system, we have the Pride Mountain Viognier as well as Domaine Facchin Condrieu.  I would love for each of you to explore the similarities.  

The biggest surprise of the evening was the Cabernet Franc.  Ok, Cab Franc lovers this is a true gem.  All I need to do is to convince them to send us two cases because it doesn’t leave the winery.  So, hence the Wine Huntress has her work cut out for her.  Stay tuned………