The first red wine to be released from the elegant and expressive 2007 vintage, our Sangiovese is lithe and playful. Four rows of vines planted on South-facing slopes are meticulously managed by leaf pulling and fruit thinning, ripening a tiny crop of grapes that produces our most limited-production wine. The aromatic fruit profile includes red plums, raspberries and cranberries enhanced by subtle notes of rum raisin and hard candy. The blend is simple, with 10% Cabernet Sauvignon from our Carolyn’s block added to bring richness to the mid-palate and provide the structure to balance the wine’s natural acidity.
10% Cabernet Sauvignon
|Production:||325 cases (500 ml bottles) cases|
|Release Date:||March 2009|
The Wine Advocate: December 2009 Issue 186
Aside from Jonata in the Santa Barbara area, and a few other wineries, few estates make Sangiovese as interesting as Pride Mountain. There is not much of it, and it is always bottled in a 500 ml, but their 2007 Sangiovese is another winner. Beautiful aromas of cedar, strawberry jam, black currants, tobacco leaf, and forest floor are followed by a spicy, deep ruby/plum/purple-colored wine with medium to full body, lots of fruit, good acidity, and a sexy, complex personality. Drink it over the next 3-4 years.