Like a little child waiting impatiently for Christmas Day to arrive, I have those same feelings and anticipation for our annual wine trip. Naturally there is always a highlight to the trip. This year that highlight was visiting Pride Mountain Vineyards for the first time.
Located on the top of Spring Mountain, it is a 20-30 minute drive from either the St. Helena area or the Santa Rosa area. The winding drive up there is beautiful in itself but the views once you get there are simply incredible. They grow grapes on both the Sonoma side and the Napa side and have production on both sides as well.
I would highly recommend doing a tour of the grounds and cave. I love getting a history lesson on a winery and Paul did a great job sharing their wine stories with us. We met some great people in our group, which always makes it more enjoyable. The barrel tastings were a hit, leaving me a little tipsy, Lol. I think they do that on purpose.
These guys produce some nice big reds, exactly what my palate goes for. I loved the flagship Merlot. We tried the 2014. Plum, blackberries, spices and vanilla on the nose with smooth tannins and a bit of minerality and dark fruits following on the palate. Of course I loved the Cabernet as well, a 2014…it was big and earthy! Aromas of blackberry, plum, chocolate and graphite, very balanced with a smooth finish. The blend is 88% Cabernet, 8% Merlot and 4% Petit Verdot. Lastly, the 2015 Cab Franc is also worth noting. Aromas of plum, blueberry chocolate and floral notes. The fruit follows through on the palate with a hint of spice and oak. Has a nice plumpness to it and a robust finish.
Next time you are in the area, make an appointment, you won’t be disappointed! Everything about that place was great. Except for the bill…good wines aren’t cheap! 😉 Sigh. Cheers!