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Professional Ratings: 91 International Wine Cellar
Region: Sonoma County, California
Other Info: Collectible Wines, Boutique Wines
Style: Smooth & Supple
Alcohol By Volume: 14.1%
Item no. 116976
"As everyone in California knows, I have little respect for most California Sangiovese. However, there are exceptions, and Pride Mountain's is one of them . . . The greatest northern California Sangiovese, the 2001 blows away its competition," said Robert Parker in the notes accompanying his 94 point score of our 2001 Sangiovese in the December 2003 issue of The Wine Advocate. Here's the 2002 vintage, offering a sneak preview of what this outstanding vintage has in store.
Good deep ruby-red color. Sexy, liqueur-like aromas of maraschino cherry and currant, with a suggestion of dried fruits. Fat, sweet and thick but fresh, with slightly porty flavors and repeating notes of dried fruits. Finishes with sweet tannins and excellent length. I find this fresher than the 2001 version, which shared this wine's superripeness but seemed more oxidative and extreme in character.