2019 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
This dark and mysterious beauty introduces itself with a massive, forward black fruit profile supported by black tea, sweet pipe tobacco, sandalwood and diverse savory notes. On the palate there is an active interplay between the wine’s fruit, acid and structure, with each element taking a turn as the star.
A great vintage yielded a spectacular wine worthy of superlatives. While every year we can count on the oldest vineyard block on our property, our Rock Arch cabernet, to produce a concentrated wine with big tannins and great acidity, this wine shines most brightly when it is able to achieve balance through the ripening and attenuation of the tannins during an extended hang time. This was certainly the case in 2019, where cool fall weather allowed us to delay harvesting this block until well into November. The result is an intense, structured, blue-black wine loaded with complexity that has decades of life ahead of it.
|Appellation:||78% Sonoma/ 22% Napa|
|Blend:||92% Cabernet Sauvignon
8% Petit Verdot
|Release Date:||March 2022|
Jeb Dunnuck: Napa Valley's 2020s and 2021s - Rating: 96
Coming mostly from the Sonoma side of the line, the 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve is 78% Sonoma County and 22% Napa County, all from the same vineyard located high atop Spring Mountain. Another beautiful wine from this estate, it sports a dense ruby/purple hue, notes of pure cassis and black raspberry fruits, some tobacco, lead pencil, and pretty, perfumed herbal and spice box-like notes, nicely integrated background oak, medium to full body, supple tannins, and a great finish. It's one of those wines that grows on you with time in the glass, and nothing is out of place. Perfectly balanced and already hard to resist, nevertheless, I see no reason this won't continue to evolve gracefully over the coming two decades or more.
Vinous: From: Napa Valley: The Frantic 2020s & Stunning 2021s (Feb 2023) - Rating: 96
The 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve is a total knock-out. Dark and mysterious, the 2019 offers up an exciting mélange of blackberry jam, spice, licorice, lavender, cloves, sage, menthol and coffee. There is a bit more extraction and oak influence here than in the other wines, but it's a style that works so well. This deep, potent Cabernet Sauvignon has a ton to offer. It's another gorgeous wine from Pride.
Robert Parker Wine Advocate: May 2023 Week 1, The Wine Advocate - Rating: 95+
Interestingly, while the Vintner's Select bottling is drawn from Napa, the 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve is a blend of 78% Sonoma grapes and 22% Napa fruit that includes 8% Petit Verdot. It's all from the same property, so it's academic really, but the result is a wine marked by dark, earthy aromas, intense cassis fruit and touches of camphor and vanilla. Full-bodied and expansive, it's a bit firmer and more structured than the Vintner's Select cuvée, with considerable aging potential and a long, tannic finish.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine: December 2022 - Rating: 93
Building upon its reserves of depth and layering, this still-developing effort will seem a little too tight for immediate drinking, and those with patience will be happy to lay it away for six to ten years while it develops. It tries hard to convince that it has early approachability with its nicely outgoing aromas of cassis, rich soils, oak and hints of spices and dried herbs, but do not be misled either by the nose or by suggestions of suppleness in its entry texture. Any notions of that sort are quickly undone by the wine’s underlying firmness or by the polished edge to its significant tannins. Along with its toprated mates, it will age for a decade.