Pride Mountain Vineyards

Summit Select
2022 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley

2024 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 28 | Lot No. 89
Vintage: 2022

Pride Mountain Vineyards

Summit Select

Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley

5 cases produced

Highlights

  • The upper reaches of the Mayacamas Mountains provide this wine with the ideal balance of tannins and acidity
  • The singular nature of this wine is a product of the original Rock Arch clone planted on our estate
  • Our location at 2,100 feet, with the maturity of these 41-year-old vines, makes this lot exceptional
  • While enjoyable in its youth, this wine will age richly for a decade or more

Description

This Premiere Napa Valley wine speaks to both the heritage and unique siting of Pride Mountain Vineyards. Its source, south-facing Rock Arch Vineyard, was planted in 1982 at an elevation of 2,100 feet along the crest of the Mayacamas Mountains. The vines in this block are both the oldest on the property and, due to the exceptional fruit they produce, the source of budwood for future replants. 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2022 Summit Select offers layers of rich dark fruit flavors supported by the ideal balance of powerful tannins and taut acidity. Truly a mountaintop wine for the ages.


Wine Facts

  • Single vineyard wine
  • Wine is 100% estate grown and bottled

Matt Ward

Winemaker, Pride Mountain Vineyards

Winemaker, Matt Ward

Born and raised in the Midwest, Matt packed up his car in 2010 and followed his dream of making wine to Northern California. Under the mentorship of Kerry Damskey, he rose quickly through the production ranks in Sonoma County’s Dry Creek Valley to become a cellar master. Still hungry for knowledge after asking all the questions he knew to ask, Matt pursued graduate studies in Viticulture and Enology at UC Davis. Upon receiving his Master of Science degree, he accepted a harvest position at Screaming Eagle and spent seven months in the cellar there before heading to New Zealand to lead a team making their premium Bordeaux varieties at the Sophia Winery of Craggy Range. Back in California for harvest 2017, Matt joined Atelier Melka, where he made wines for over 20 client wineries over the course of five years, managing over a hundred ferments each year from vineyards across all of Napa and Sonoma. Alongside his mentors, Philippe Melka and Maayan Koschitzky, Matt has produced some of the finest recent wines to come out of Napa and Sonoma, garnering an impressive number of 100-point critical reviews for his many distinct wines.

Country born: United States, Illinois

Education: Education:
Viticulture and Enology; M.Sc. – UC Davis
Mentors:
Phillipe Melka, Kerry Damskey, Maayan Koschitzky, Nick Gislason
Internships:
Screaming Eagle; Oakville, CA.
Craggy Range; Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand - Sophia Winery Lead
Sterling Vineyards; Harvest Enologist

Years in the wine industry: 10-15 years

Honors / Awards:
Araujo Family Endowed International Harvest Award
Michael Bonaccorsi Scholarship
The Wine Spectator Scholarship

Winemaking Philosophy:
Curiosity is the core tenant of my approach as a winemaker. From the vines growing the grapes, to the nuances of a fermentation and through to the integration of wines at blending, I am relentless in my pursuit to understand every facet of making delicious wines. One of my favorite aspects of winemaking is that the more know, the more you realize how much else there is to learn.

Winery Distribution

Pride Mountain Vineyards is distributed in the following markets. Please contact the winery directly for the most up-to-date distribution information and to explore commercial opportunities.

Pride Mountain Vineyards Contact: Jessica Baker

Domestic:

  • Alabama ( Rush Distributing )
  • Alaska ( Kruger Wines )
  • Arizona ( Quail Distributing )
  • Arkansas ( RNDC )
  • California ( Springboard Wine Co. )
  • Colorado ( Classic Beverage Company )
  • Connecticut ( Wilson Daniels )
  • Connecticut ( Winebow )
  • Delaware ( Breakthru Beverage - Aspect Fine Wine )
  • Florida ( Breakthru Beverage- Aspect Fine Wine )
  • Hawaii ( RNDC The Estates Group )
  • Idaho ( JW Thornton Imports )
  • Illinois ( Breakthru Beverage - Aspect Fine Wine )
  • Indiana ( Johnson Brothers )
  • Kansas ( Vintegrity )
  • Kentucky ( Main Street Spirits )
  • Louisiana ( Wines Unlimited )
  • Maine ( SOPO Wine Co. )
  • Maryland ( Breakthru Beverage - Aspect Fine Wine )
  • Massachusetts ( Martignetti - United Division )
  • Michigan ( Veritas Distributors )
  • Minnesota ( Breakthru Beverage - Aspect Fine Wine )
  • Mississippi ( Madvines & Spirits )
  • Missouri ( Vintegrity )
  • Montana ( George's Distributing )
  • Nebraska ( Quail Distributing of NE )
  • Nevada ( Breakthru Beverage (Las Vegas) )
  • Nevada ( Encore Beverage (Reno) )
  • New Jersey ( Wilson Daniels )
  • New Jersey ( Winebow )
  • New York ( Wilson Daniels )
  • North Carolina ( Winebow )
  • Ohio ( Vintage Wine Distributors )
  • Oklahoma ( Thirst Wine Merchants )
  • Rhode Island ( Rhode Island Distributor )
  • South Carolina ( Advintage Distributing )
  • Tennessee ( Best Brands )
  • Tennessee ( Empire Distribution (Knoxville) )
  • Texas ( Favorite Brands )
  • Utah ( Enoteche Wines )
  • Vermont ( Calmont/CBC Importers )
  • Virginia ( The Robins Cellars )
  • Washington ( Elliot Bay Wines )
  • Wisconsin ( Prestige Wines )
  • Wyoming ( RNDC )

International:

  • Canada - Ontario ( Pride Mountain Vineyards )
  • Japan ( Pride Mountain Vineyards )
  • Philippines ( Pride Mountain Vineyards )
  • Puerto Rico ( Pride Mountain Vineyards )
  • South Korea ( Pride Mountain Vineyards )
  • Switzerland ( Pride Mountain Vineyards )
  • United Kingdom ( Pride Mountain Vineyards )
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