Pride Mountain Vineyards Chardonnay 2019
(Napa Valley, California) - [92 VM] [92 JD] [90 WA]
Regular price $55.00 Sale price $47.97 Save $7.03
About the Winery:
Nestled in the Mayacamas Mountains between St. Helena and Santa Rosa, the picturesque 235 acre estate of Pride Mountain Vineyards sprawls across Spring Mountain at roughly 2,100 feet, six miles up a winding, narrow road above St. Helena. Pride Mountain Vineyards sits high atop Napa Valley’s Spring Mountain, at the site of the historic Summit Ranch, where wine grapes have been grown since 1885. Their first wine was produced in 1991. The winery produces unique wines in contrast to those made in the neighboring valleys. The vineyards are set above the fog line, which enables the grapes to be exposed to California's hot sun from dawn to dusk.
With primarily south-facing exposures, the mountain has become a bit too warm to grow Chardonnay outside of one shaded parcel by the ruins. Steve Pride and winemaker, Sally Johnson, have developed partnerships in the cooler areas of Napa, enabling us to produce a style of Chardonnay that embraces the finesse for which our wines are known.
Aromatics of lemon curd and honey crisp apple are lifted by linden flower, a subtle flintiness and zesty ginger spice. In the mouth, white peach, fresh chervil, brioche and minerality nuances transition to bright lemon-orange citrus, which adds refreshing zeal to the textured and sumptuous finish. A striking chardonnay of classic cut and balance.
Notes from the Winemaker:
Our 2019 Napa Valley Chardonnay reflects the balance of this lovely vintage perfectly. Harvested in multiple passes from September 12th through September 28th, the grapes used to produce this wine maintained a lively acidity despite the warm and sunny vintage conditions. Each lot of grapes was harvested by hand in the early hours of the morning, beginning at midnight and concluding before dawn, so that cold grapes could be whole-cluster pressed first thing in the morning (which minimizes extraction of any harsh skin phenolics into the wine). The wines were barrel fermented in 10% new French oak, with weekly stirring of the lees, before being blended and bottled in July 2020. This wine is delicious now but was also conscientiously crafted with no exposure to oxygen in order to assure that it can also age beautifully.
Technical DataFermentation: 10 months
Cooperage: 90% neutral barrel, 10% new french
Blend: 100% Chardonnay
Vineyard locations: Napa Carneros, Oak Knoll
Ratings & Reviews
92 Points - Vinous Media:
"The 2019 Chardonnay is elegant and polished. Orchard fruit, tangerine oil, white flowers and light tropical accents all grace this understated, impeccably balanced Chardonnay from Pride. Bright acids keep the flavors vibrant." (Jan 2020)
92 Points - Jeb Dunnuck:
"Starting with the two Chardonnays, the 2019 Chardonnay offers a clean, pure nose of white peach and stone fruits as well as hints of honeysuckle, green almond, and citrus. It's medium-bodied and has notable purity of fruit, a racy yet integrated spine of acidity, and a great finish." - Jeb Dunnuck (1/27/2021)
90 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"The 2019 Chardonnay slowly opens to offer scents of fresh Golden Delicious apples, white peaches and honeydew melon with hints of lemon drops, sea spray and powdered ginger. Medium-bodied, the palate is elegantly styled and refreshing with a lovely suggestion of creaminess to the texture and a spicy kick to the finish." - Lisa Perrotti-Brown (11/5/2020)