Blackberry, black cherry and cassis, all thoroughly ripe, introduce a broad array of chewy youthful tannins. A beautiful acidity balances the impressive fruit dynamic and youthful cherry flavors lingers long in the finish. Smooth and accessible now, this rich and handsome wine will evolve beautifully over the years if you can resist the immediate gratification.

Appellation: Napa
Sonoma
Vintage: 2004
Harvest: October 2004
Fermentation: Stainless Steel
Cooperage: French Oak
Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Alcohol: 14.5%
Bottling: June 2006
Production: 3806 cases
Release Date: October 2006
Price:
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Reviews

  • Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar: May/June 2007 Online Review
    Rating: 93

    Saturated, bright medium ruby. Crushed cassis, licorice and minerals on the nose. Pure, primary black fruit and mineral flavors framed and enlivened by surprisingly juicy acidity. Very firmly built, vibrant wine with the structure to reward aging. Winemaker Bob Foley noted that Pride's cabernet had better than usual acidity in 2004, and certainly more than in 2003 or 2002; the harvest here lasted into early November. If the 2004 Reserve Claret is better than this, it will be a stunner.

  • California Grapevine:
    Rating: 92

    Medium-dark purplish ruby; attractive, intense, tarrish, plumy, spicy, cassis, blackberry, and ripe black cherry fruit aroma with overtones of creamy oak; full body; big, intense, concentrated, highly extracted, plush, plumy, peppery, very ripe blackberry fruit flavors; full tannin; lingering aftertaste. Shows forward, rich fruit that is appealing to taste now, though deserving of another three to five more years of bottle aging. Very highly recommended.

  • Wine Enthusiast: April 2007
    Rating: 92

    Soft, rich and ripe, this is one of those Cabernets that feels dramatic in the mouth. Partly it's the fruit; complex in cherries, blackberries, mocha and rum and cola. Partly it's the oak and partly it's the fabulous balance of rich, sweet tannins and acidity. Put it all together, and it's irresistible. Best now-2010.

  • Wine & Spirits: February 2007
    Rating: 91

    Though percentages from the two counties imply a blend, this is, in fact, a wine from one contiguous estate, straddling the border of Napa and Sonoma at the top of Spring Mountain. Most of the Cabernet is planted at the higher elevations of Pride's property, where the soils are particularly thin: gravel patchworks of volcanic rock, sandstone, clay and loam. They grow a structured Cabernet with distinctively pure black currant flavor, this '04 potent with the mineral tannin of those mountain soils. Check on it ten years from the vintage; it should continue to develop beyond that.

  • Connoisseurs' Guide: December 2006
    Rating: 88

    One could argue for a little more fruit to go with the ripeness and lavish oak of this intense and highly extracted young Cabernet, but there is no getting around the fact that this is a deep and very rich wine. It fights at the finish with more heat and tannin than is ideal, but its richness and sheer concentration sustain it even then. It is not nor ever will be the picture of polish, but it will definitely reward four or five years of cellar aging.

  • The Wine Advocate: December 26, 2006 Issue 168
    Rating: 87

    Although lighter than previous efforts, the 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon exhibits a dark ruby color, medium body, black currant and damp earth characteristics, and a lean finish.