2011 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Featuring the intensity and ripeness that have come to be the hallmark of our wines and a bright acidity that sparkles on the palate, this wine is a stunner. Complex flavors of cedar, black cherry, boysenberry, crème de cassis and pencil shavings make for a multi-layered experience on the palate, along with a rich, dense texture and weighty finish.
In this vintage, Rock Arch cabernet sauvignon, which has been the traditional source of our Reserve Cabernet over the years, has been rounded out with 9% Jim’s Vineyard cabernet sauvignon (a younger vineyard planted from our Rock Arch budwood), 9% Carolyn’s Vineyard Clone 337 cabernet sauvignon and 7% petit verdot.
|Blend:||93% Cabernet Sauvignon
7% Petit Verdot
|Release Date:||March 2014|
The Wine Advocate: October 2014 - Rating: 94
There are 1,374 cases of the 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, which spent 22 months in 40% new French oak. It exhibits classic notes of new saddle leather, unsmoked cigar tobacco, red and blackcurrants, and loamy soil undertones in a full-bodied, intense, opulent, fleshy style. 85% came from Sonoma County and 15% from Napa County. This beauty is on a fast evolutionary track, so drink it during its first 7-8 years of life.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: Online - Rating: 91+
Full red-ruby. Lively aromas of blackcurrant, minerals and licorice. Densely packed and very dark in character; distinctly chewy but less pliant and pretty than the 2011 Reserve Claret, with blackberry fruit enlivened by a strong spice component. This very full but youthfully backward wine finishes with building tannins that call for patience. Like the Claret, this is a very successful mountain wine in 2011.
California Grapevine: Volume 41 - Rating: 93
2011 Pride Mountain Vineyards, “Reserve,” 85% Sonoma County and 15% Napa County ($135) – Mediumdark ruby; attractive, forward, rich, ripe, spicy, cassis and black cherry fruit aroma with notes of dried herbs, pencil shavings, and vanilla; full body; forward, rich, plummy, textured, mouth-filling, red and black fruit flavors with firm acidity, a note of mocha, and nicely integrated oak; full tannin; lingering aftertaste. Approachable now, though deserves another five years of bottle aging. Very highly recommended. 14.4% alcohol; 1,374 cases; blended with 7% PV; released November 2014. (Group Score: 16.6, 4/0/3; My Score: 17 [93/100], first place)