2007 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
The Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon is the massive blockbuster from a vintage that produced nothing but massive blockbusters on the ranch. Phenomenal structure demands attention, while the palate explodes with concentrated fruit. Despite its heft, the wine is also supple, expressing flavors of blueberry, plum, cherry and forest floor. The blend is 77% Rock Arch Cabernet, with its characteristic blue-black hue and powerful but ripe tannins, blended with 14% Rim Rock Cabernet, 8% Carolyn’s Cabernet, and just 1% Petit Verdot to add brightness and balance.
|Blend:||99% Cabernet Sauvignon
1% Petite Verdot
|Release Date:||April 2010|
The Wine Advocate: December 23, 2010, Issue 192 - Rating: 95
The 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve is a slightly more brooding and formidably endowed effort displaying more extract, tannin and structure. In spite of its massive size, concentration and extract, it possesses gorgeously sweet tannins as well as a sense of equilibrium. This powerhouse will benefit from another 1-3 years of bottle age and should keep for 15 or more years.
Wine Spectator: Online Only 2011 - Rating: 94
A rich, savory style, thick and concentrated, offering firm cedar, black licorice, mineral and graphite, with a touch of espresso and tar. Full-bodied, chewy and complex, very backward now but sure to reward. Drink now through 2018. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 1,225 cases made.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: May/June 2011 Issue 156 - Rating: 94
Bright, full red. Wonderfully expressive nose combines cassis, black cherry, crushed mint leaf, tobacco, dark chocolate, coffee, wild herbs and a whiff of tar. Huge but utterly seamless, with compelling fat and sweetness to the flavors of cassis, tar, chocolate and meat. No shortage of lift. This broad-shouldered, very ripe wine finishes with substantial chalky tannins and superb persistence. Reminded me of some of the head-spinning fruit bombs made here in the past by Bob Foley.
Wine Enthusiast: September 2011 - Rating: 93
Utterly delicious, so soft and refined. It's like blackberry and cherry pastries and cookies melted into wine, enhanced with squirts of cassis, anisette and chocolate sauce. Defines the California, and moreover the Pride Mountain, style, a flashy, flamboyant wine to drink over the next few years.