Pride Mountain Vineyards Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
Blackcurrant, dark chocolate, blueberry, ripe cherry, mint, tea, and subtle cedar notes define this complex and brooding wine. The texture is intense and layered, with a corset of velvety tannin that underscores its pure mountain pedigree.
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The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve is ample and expressive right out of the bottle. Ripe red berry fruit, cedar, tobacco, licorice and blood orange all build in the glass as this mid-weight, juicy Cabernet shows off its considerable charms. Best of all, the 2017 Reserve will be ready to drink with just a few years in bottle, which is so rare for this wine. There is some graininess in the tannin. I expect that will always remain as a marker of this very challenging growing season. Drinking window: 2025 - 2037
The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve does well in the vintage and has a beautiful elegance and purity that's already hard to resist. Lots of blackcurrants, spice, candied violets, tobacco, and a touch of chocolate give way to a medium to full-bodied, flawlessly balanced Cabernet delivering great tannins (which is not a given in this vintage), a great mid-palate, and the structure and overall class to evolve for 20 years or more. It's a beautiful 2017 well worth seeking out.
Surpassingly rich and marked by all kinds of sweetness, but wonderfully layered and complex without ever being at all candied and showing loads of juicy, currant-like fruit at its core and creamy oak in abundance, Pride’s 2017 Reserve Cabernet is so very showy right now that it is easy to overlook its exceptional, very ageworthy construction. Give it time, at least another half-dozen years to grow into its refined best, and bet big that it will be all the more fascinating yet once ten or twelve have passed.
Reaching up California's coastline and into its valleys north of San Francisco, the North Coast AVA includes six counties: Marin, Solano, Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino and Lake. While Napa and Sonoma enjoy most of the glory, the rest produce no shortage of quality wines in an intriguing and diverse range of styles.
Climbing up the state's rugged coastline, the chilly Marin County, just above the City and most of Sonoma County, as well as Mendocino County on the far north end of the North Coast successfully grow cool-climate varieties like Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and in some spots, Riesling. Inland Lake County, on the other hand, is considerably warmer, and Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel and Sauvignon Blanc produce some impressive wines with affordable price tags.
A noble variety bestowed with both power and concentration, Cabernet Sauvignon enjoys success all over the globe, its best examples showing potential to age beautifully for decades. Cabernet Sauvignon flourishes in Bordeaux's Medoc where it is often blended with Merlot and smaller amounts of some combination of Cabernet Franc, Malbecand Petit Verdot. In the Napa Valley, ‘Cab’ is responsible for some of the world’s most prestigious, age-worthy and sought-after “cult” wines. Somm Secret—DNA profiling in 1997 revealed that Cabernet Sauvignon was born from a spontaneous crossing of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc in 17th century southwest France.