Super-concentrated nose of blackberry, kirsch, moist tobacco, subtle incense and sandalwood really light up the senses. The 2013 equally delivers on the palate, with density, persistence, structure and superb concentration of flavor. This is a prodigious wine, one of the best cabernet sauvignons I can recall us making. The stuffing on this will allow it to age beyond any of our lifespans. Nonetheless, the considerable tannins are velvety and the wine pleasurably rolls around the mouth even at this young age (bottled in July 2015). Classic Pride Mountain flavors of dark ripe berries, a range of baking spice nuances, cedar and mocha.

Appellation: 72% Napa
28% Sonoma
Vintage: 2013
Harvest: November 2013
Fermentation: Stainless Steel
Cooperage: French Oak
Blend: 87% Cabernet Sauvignon
8% Petit Verdot
5% Merlot
Alcohol: 14.6%
Bottling: July 2015
Production: 5728 cases
Release Date: November 2015
Price: $70.00
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Reviews

  • California Grapevine: April 2016, Volume 42
    Rating: 91

    Medium-dark ruby; attractive, deep, black cherry and blackberry fruit aroma with hints of cassis, dried herbs, cocoa, baking spices, and sandalwood; full body; big, rich, cedary extracted, plummy, ripe blackberry fruit flavors; full tannin; lingering aftertaste. Currently a bit rough in the mouthfeel, deserving a good three to five more years of bottle aging. Very highly recommended.

  • Wine Enthusiast: October 2016
    Rating: 92

    A healthy 8% Petit Verdot gives added strength and color to this wine, while the 5% Merlot adds smooth, layered, velvety-rich texture. Bittersweet chocolate and wild mushroom play off each other's sweet-savory tension, balancing at the end.

  • Wine Advocate: October 2016
    Rating: 94

    As for the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon (87% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Petit Verdot), 72% of the fruit hails from the Napa side of the vineyard, and 28% from the Sonoma side. It was aged 20 months in 40% new French oak. This is a gorgeous Cabernet Sauvignon from the top of Spring Mountain and probably their biggest cuvée at 5,728 cases. The wine has a terrific nose of blackberry, chocolate, licorice and cassis. Some toast is in the background, but clearly, the fruit is dominant in this full-bodied, voluptuously textured and opulent, dramatic, flamboyant Cabernet Sauvignon. Unlike most 2013s, it is open and delicious and shows no signs of closing down any time soon. Drink this hefty, fleshy wine over the next 15 or more years.
    - Robert M. Parker, Jr. (October, 2016)