Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Pride Mountain tasting
2009 Sonoma County VIOGNIER, $49
Luscious with honey and just a bit of acidity to where you can drink this by itself or with a meal. I think seafoods, cream-based pastas, some slightly spicy dishes and even some deserts would work well. So it's a very versatile wine.
2008 Sonoma County SYRAH, $69
Big, complex, dense, packed with flavor, and not ready yet, but this should be quite the wine in a few years. Serve with a big, beefy dish in about 2015. Or maybe 2020.
2006 Napa/Sonoma MERLOT, $65
Until now I was sure the best Merlot I'd ever had was a Shafer at a Merlot tasting in Napa a few years ago. I believe Shafer has met its match. Spicy, complex, deep, and a very serious Merlot with the tannins to age. Bad news: The winery is out of the 2006. Maybe the Wine Spectrum still has a few bottles (I don't think I bought the last ones).
2007 Napa/Sonoma CABERNET SAUVIGNON, $79
A multi-layered Cab of great structure and balance. Lots of red, black and blue fruits. You should lay this one down for a decade though it's fairly approachable now if you like 'em big.
I honestly find the prices a bit steep on many of their wines (my perceived quality for the price), but you can't fight success and Pride Mountains has definitely had lots. Though the reason I was lucky enough to be able to taste their wines at a local wine bar may be because the over $50 wine market is as flat as a pancake right now.