Lot #46 PRIDE MOUNTAIN VINEYARDS
ROCK ARCH OLD VINE
Pride Mountain Vineyards
- Sonoma County
ABOUT THE WINE:
Dating back to 1982, the Rock Arch block has been the core of Pride Mountain Vineyards Reserve wines from the start. As these vines have aged, the tonnage has dropped and other blocks have come into their own. Ultimately, the Rock Arch Cabernet Sauvignon is never bottled as a standalone wine. As yields continue to decline, plans are already in the works to replant portions of this historic block, making this special bottling a truly singular offering.
Perched over 2,000 feet above the valleys of both Napa and Sonoma, the Rock Arch vineyard was originally home to a man-made rock arch that met its end during the 1906 earthquake. With its gentle, south-facing slopes, and rocky, well-drained soils, Rock Arch is perfectly suited to developing beautiful mountain Cabernet Sauvignon. In 1991, Jim Pride recognized its potential and was inspired to start producing Pride Mountain Vineyards wines.
Deep in color and dense in aroma, this block produces a powerful example of mountain Cabernet Sauvignon. A core of black cherry and subtle minerality is framed beautifully by hints of anise and cassis. A wonderful cedar note rises to perfectly complement the other elements in this wine. On the palate, the lush, ripe fruit is balanced beautifully by a lively but relenting acidity. As to be expected from mountain fruit, the velvety texture of this wine is far from modest, with a pleasingly long and complex finish.
WINEMAKER(S): Matt Ward
ESTIMATED BOTTLING DATE: July 2023
ESTIMATED SHIPPING DATE: January 2024
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