Power-packed monster, very ripe black cherry and cassis, tar and camphor...a broad flood of texture across the palate, rich ripe and huge middle, chocolate-cherry-coffee flavors, firm chewy youthful tannins in the finish, balanced with ample acidity.

Appellation: Napa/Sonoma
Vintage: 2004
Harvest: October 2004
Fermentation: Stainless Steel
Cooperage: French Oak
Blend: 70% Merlot
30% Cabernet Sauvignon
Alcohol: 14.7%
Bottling: December 2006
Production: 402 cases
Release Date: March 2007
Price: $120.00
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Reviews

  • Connoisseurs' Guide: November 2007
    Rating: 92

    70% Merlot; 30% Cabernet Sauvignon. Deep, dense and highly extracted with layer upon layer of caramel, vanilla and sweet toast overlying its considerable currant and cherry-like fruit, this potent young wine has lots in reserve despite being very showy right now.  It is very much a wine for the future and finishes with the kind of grabby Cabernet tannins that will take time to resolve. While we urge at least five years of patience, we can easily see it improving for ten or more.

  • The Wine Advocate: December 28, 2007 Issue 174
    Rating: 90

    The strength of the 2005 vintage at Pride is again noticeable when one compares some of the lower level Cabernet Sauvignons with the 2004 Reserve Claret. While the latter wine (89% from Sonoma and 11% from Napa) is outstanding, it is not as good as the less expensive 2005 Cabernets.

  • Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar: May/June 2008 Issue 138
    Rating: 92

    Good full, deep red. Sexy oak spices perk up the aromas of black raspberry, minerals, mocha and coffee. Like liquid silk on entry, but with a firm mineral spine and lively acidity keeping the youthful flavors of black raspberry, mocha and chocolate under wraps. Finishes with dusty, broad tannins and compelling sweetness and aromatic persistence. This big, rich blend strikes me as considerably younger than the 2003 was at the same stage.