2017 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

Black currant, dark chocolate, blueberry, ripe cherry, mint, tea and subtle cedar notes define this complex and brooding wine. The texture is intense and layered, with a corset of velvety tannin that underscores its pure mountain pedigree.

Our Rock Arch vineyard block, the primary source for this wine, is still going strong after 38 years. This fruit is some of the most unique that we farm, pruned to vertical cordons that create an ideal dappled-light environment for the clusters to ripen in. To this core component we added 11% cabernet from our Carolyn's block for roundness, 5% cabernet from our Jim's block for vibrancy and 2% petit verdot for acidity and floral notes. With an intense blue-black color and a finish that just won't quit, it's no wonder this wine is at the apex of our portfolio.

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Appellation: Sonoma/Napa
Vintage: 2017
Harvest: October 2017
Fermentation: Stainless Steel
Cooperage: French Oak
Blend: 98% Cabernet Sauvignon
2% Petit Verdot
Alcohol: 14.5%
Bottling: December 2019
Production: 1452 cases
Release Date: March 2020
Release Price: 155.00

Reviews

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  • Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate: Issue 251 End of October 2020, The Wine Advocate - Rating: 95+

    Composed of 96% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Petit Verdot, the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve comes from 84% Sonoma County and 16% Napa County. Deep garnet-purple in color, it charges out of the glass with bold notes of crème de cassis, redcurrant jelly and Black Forest cake followed by nuances of red roses, cinnamon stick, unsmoked cigars and dusty soil with a touch of oolong tea. The medium to full-bodied palate is chock-full of mouth-coating red and black fruit preserves, supported by ripe, finely grained tannins and beautiful freshness, finishing long and perfumed. 

  • Antonio Galloni Vinous: January 2021 - Rating: 95

    The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve is ample and expressive right out of the bottle. Ripe red berry fruit, cedar, tobacco, licorice and blood orange all build in the glass as this mid-weight, juicy Cabernet shows off its considerable charms. Best of all, the 2017 Reserve will be ready to drink with just a few years in bottle, which is so rare for this wine. There is some graininess in the tannin. I expect that will always remain as a marker of this very challenging growing season.

  • Jeb Dunnuck: Napa Valley's 2018s - Rating: 94

    The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve does well in the vintage and has a beautiful elegance and purity that's already hard to resist. Lots of blackcurrants, spice, candied violets, tobacco, and a touch of chocolate give way to a medium to full-bodied, flawlessly balanced Cabernet delivering great tannins (which is not a given in this vintage), a great mid-palate, and the structure and overall class to evolve for 20 years or more. It's a beautiful 2017 well worth seeking out.

  • Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine: December 2020 - Rating: 93

    Surpassingly rich and marked by all kinds of sweetness, but wonderfully layered and complex without ever being at all candied and showing loads of juicy, currant-like fruit at its core and creamy oak in abundance, Pride’s 2017 Reserve Cabernet is so very showy right now that it is easy to overlook its exceptional, very ageworthy construction. Give it time, at least another half-dozen years to grow into its refined best, and bet big that it will be all the more fascinating yet once ten or twelve have passed.