2004 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Opaque...black currant, dried cherries, elegant evenly focused tannins on the palate, cherry and chocolate flavors. YUM. Perhaps a little less cowboy (read, “more elegant”) than the Claret . .
|Blend:||98% Cabernet Sauvignon
2% Petit Verdot
|Release Date:||March 2007|
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: April 30, 2014 Issue 212 - Rating: 96
The two flagship wines of this brilliant estate, which straddles the Sonoma and Napa county lines at the top of Spring Mountain, include the 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve (98% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Petit Verdot). Sixty-eight percent of the fruit comes from Sonoma and 32% from Napa. It exhibits classic notes of creme de cassis, licorice, cedarwood, incense and a hint of toasty oak in the background. FUll-bodied, opulent, profound deep, rich and full with velvety edges, the tannin can be detected, but it is wonderfully integrated in this mountain-styled Cabernet. It continues Pride's impressive track record with these special cuvees. The 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve can be drunk young or cellared for two decades or more. More nuances and complexity will undoubtedly emerge over the next 4-5 years.
Connoisseurs' Guide: December 2007 - Rating: 94
Enormously rich oak may lead the way here, yet beneath its sweet veneer of vanilla, caramel and cream, this very deep and impressively stuffed wine shows plenty of optimally ripened currants and black cherries along with deft touches of loamy earth and lightly peppery spice. It is presently closed off by lots of abrasive astringency, and it is not one for drinking any time soon, but, given the seven to ten years of patience that its structure commends, it will evolve into a profound Cabernet of enormous appeal.
Wine Enthusiast: February 2008 - Rating: 95
Youthful tannins star in this young wine. The wine is dry and balanced, with a fabulous core of blackberry, cassis and smoky oak. With a drop of Petit Verdot, which adds a touch of violets, this is one of the best high mountain Cabs of the vintage. Too dry and toughly astringent to drink before 2010; should develop well through 2016, at least. Cellar Selection.
California Grapevine: February/March 2008 - Rating: 90
Medium to dark ruby; attractive, intense, toasty, raspberry and black cherry fruit aroma with overtones of sweet oak and a hint of butterscotch; full body; rich, textured, concentrated, dark cherry fruit flavors with overtones of creamy oak; full tannin; lingering aftertaste. Needs a good three to five years of bottle aging. Oak verged on being excessive. Very highly recommended.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: May/June 2008 Issue 138 - Rating: 94
Bright ruby-red. Expressive nose offers black cherry, black raspberry, coffee, smoked meat and minerals. Essentially silky in texture but juicy and youthfully tight, with terrific purity of dark fruit and mineral flavor. This impressively intense wine seems more primary today than the reserve claret. Finishes very long and minerally, with building, fine-grained tannins. These top 2004 cuvees boast terrific acidity for the vintage and are likely to evolve slowly.