First winery on day three traveling from Sonoma to Napa Valley was Pride Mountain Vineyards with Paul. First wine was the Carneros Chardonnay. This bottling is made up of 100% Chardonnay from three vineyards within the Carneros region of Napa Valley. Aged for a total of eight months in 25% new French oak, of which seven months are on the lees. Only 1,900 cases produced.
Medium lemon yellow in appearance. Fruity nose with white apricot, kiwi, green apples, a touch of butter and some gravel. Medium acidity (6.5/10) and medium bodied. Tons of spices and baked apples on the palate followed by a touch of zestiness and gravel. Long finish. Drink till 2023.
$$ - Tasted at the winery. Retail price is $42.00. — 2 months ago
Man I bought some for @David L And myself and placed them in the cellar to relax prior to this fall when I can ship the bottles out and of course my wife and friends see these beauties and again gulp them down - I guess I am grateful they took pictures
Again they were definitely smiling — 14 days ago
A beautiful rounded Chardonnay with faint oak and gentle apple and warm bread notes. Always a pleasure. 2013 was a bit hot but it might be for our issues with the cellar. Keep it in a cool place. — 8 days ago
Very odd yet fun wine. And honestly I'm not sure if this one is nearing the top, at the top, or just over the hill. But it is delicious. The wine smells like ripe peach and some butter. Entry is viscous. Butterscotch. Mango and butterscotch dominated front. Seems to have some kind of basil note in the middle. Tame citrus to a butterscotch and heavier finish with some tannin still present. Opened alongside a 2010 Aubert Hyde and was a good sparring partner. — 23 days ago
In comparison, this was less rounded then the Pinot, still with a lot of limestone although started out with somewhat muted citrus fruit. As it warmed up, it actually seemed to get more vibrant fruit wise and more rounded on the palate. There was a nice little synergism that seemed to exist here with Kettle potato chips. I'd say this one definitely still has a few years ahead of it — 15 days ago
They thought the wine was a typical Hudson type delivery - bolder than many chards and fruit forward like I would have liked but of course it empty bottle licking time for - man can these ladies pick their medicine and wash it down but suggest staying out of their way when they are on their mission. 😂😮 — 14 days ago
Wine club gathering with dear friends. Two whites and two reds, all tasted blind.
Awesome Chard. Complex yet slightly off-putting from the onset, but as the selection opened up the notes began to formulate and show some structure. Lemon custard, lemon grass, menthol, dill, candied pineapple, and slate. — 22 days ago