Pride Mountain Vineyards Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Cabernet Sauvignon from North Coast, California
Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Alcohol By Volume: 14.9%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
The 2009 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon expresses classic varietal flavors, balanced acidity and a thoroughly ripe tannic structure. We feel it is one of the most poised, opulent and expressive Reserve wines we have bottled. Penetrating cabernet flavors of cassis, black cherry, graphite, cedar and tar create a spell-binding bouquet. On the palate, the wine is beautifully balanced – super concentrated and big in size, but at the same time round and silky. A bright acidity and age-worthy structure add polish to the finish. This is breathtaking cabernet!
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"There is no question the 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve is the most backward and brooding of the wines I tasted from Pride. Firm tannins frame an expressive core of dark red berries, licorice, scorched earth, tobacco, smoke and incense. Today, the 2009 is far too young to offer true pleasure, but it is unquestionably striking. Hints of iron, graphite and smoke add complexity on the finish supported by huge mountain tannins. The 2009 is super distinctive and loaded with personality. "
Vinous / Antonio Galloni
"Good ruby-red. Aromas of black raspberry and dark chocolate punched up by pungent minerality. Less opulent and obviously sweet than the Claret Reserve but higher-pitched and even more intense, with urgent dark berry fruit character dominating. This extremely primary wine shows a powerful rising finish and the structure for a slow and eventful evolution in bottle."
International Wine Cellar
"Offering a generous display of loamy earth, currant, blackberry and baking spice elements, this is nicely structured, with just the right amount of firmness in the tannins and acidity. Elegant and graceful. Drink now through 2023."
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Pride Mountain Vineyards is situated on the Summit Ranch, one of Napa Valley's oldest grape producers atop Spring Mountain. With over 120 years of viticulture documented there, Jim and Carolyn Pride purchased Summit Ranch and their first vintage premiered in 1991. Today, Pride Mountain Vineyards produces Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, Viognier and limited bottlings of Syrah and Sangiovese.
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