Cristie Kerr, a 14-time LPGA winner has partnered with Pride Mountain Vineyards to produce the Curvature-label wine to promote awareness for, and raise money for, breast cancer. The wines are made at Pride Mountain and includes 2006-2009 Cabernet Sauvignons and 2009-2011 Chardonnays. Cristie’s family has a long history of breast cancer, including her mother and aunt.
2007 NAPA VALLEY CABERNET SAUVIGNON
The second offering of Curvature Cabernet Sauvignon is from the expressive 2007 vintage, which has been heralded as the vintage of the decade. A long, warm summer provided the perfect ripening conditions to bring the fruit’s flavors to the peak of intensity and concentration. Cooling weather in September and early October allowed for maximum hang time prior to harvest in the Indian Summer of late October. After hand harvesting and gentle de-stemming of the grapes, the wine was fermented in stainless steel vats, gently pressed to barrel and aged for thirty months in oak prior to bottling in July 2010.
The wine is ripe, rich and ruby red with infused aromas of crème de cassis, ripe raspberry and graphite. Fine round tannin complements the luscious mid palate of concentrated black cherry, cardamom, and roasted coffee bean. The 24 months of aging in 60% new French oak helped develop nuances of black licorice, dark chocolate and caramelized brown sugar forming a long velvety finish. Due to its extended barrel aging, the wine is ready to drink upon release, or may be aged for 10 – 15 years. Source: Curvature
Pride Mountain Vineyards straddles the Napa/Sonoma County line on Spring Mountain, and overlooks Mount St. Helena. Robert Parker is quoted saying:
“There is no question that the fruit quality at Pride Mountain is special.”
Eighty-three acres of vineyards on the crest of the Mayacamas Mountains lie about 2000 feet above the Napa Valley, providing “many of the vines with desirable southern exposures.”
The elevation also puts us above the morning fog that often blankets the Sonoma and Napa Valleys, with the result that the vines are bathed in sunshine from dawn to dusk.
During the growing season, the average temperature at Pride Mountain Vineyards is several degrees cooler than in the Napa Valley, which is beneficial to protecting the natural acidity of the grapes. The daily temperature fluctuations are also much smaller, with morning temperatures being considerably warmer and afternoon temperatures considerably cooler than in the Napa Valley. This results in gradual, steady ripening and long hang times.
Our mountaintop soils derive from volcanic sources and uplifted seabed sediments. The red-hued loams contain a large percentage of cobbles and gravel that provide exceptionally good drainage. As can be seen on our soils map (PDF), the vineyards are planted across six major soil formations. The dominant soil type is the Goulding Cobbly Loam Association, which can be found at the highest elevations of both the Mayacamas and Sonoma Mountains. Source: Pride Mountain Vineyards
All of Pride Mountain’s wines are aged on the property, in their own caves.
Dug between 1999 and 2001, the slate-gray caves meander around the huge boulders that are set in the clay-filled hill behind the winery.The 23,000 square feet of caves lie between 20 and 50 feet beneath the surface, and are home to some 2,400 barrels.
The average temperature in the caves is 59 degrees, which represents the average seasonal temperature at the ranch, and fluctuates by no more than a degree throughout the year. This is a perfect temperature for aging our big red wines, and we recommend this temperature for the cellaring of our bottled wine as well. Natural evaporation and condensation processes self-regulate both the humidity and temperature in the caves. Source: Pride Mountain
This winery excels in Cabernet and reviewers love it. The 2009 Vintner Select Cab received a 93 from Wine Spectator, a 93 from Wine Advocate and 91 from Steven Tanzer. They also produce Viognier (Parker loves it too – 90 pts.), Syrah, Sangiovese, Cabernet Franc, several Merlots, and Chardonnays.
The funds raised from the sales of Curvature Wines will fund charities that contribute to finding a cure for breast cancer and “the care of its survivors,” that’s all of the profits. Production of Curvature is limited to 300 cases. From what I see online, the 2007 Cab is about $75 and the 2010 Chardonnay about $50.
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