Our 2015 Reserve Claret exhibits a push-and-pull between its playful, fruit-forward personality and its equally stimulating dark, brooding side. Flavors of chocolate-covered cherries, ripe plum, mocha and perfectly-ripe blueberries are enhanced by a concentrated palate bursting with flavor and tannins.

The concept for our Reserve Claret is to make the most complex, symphonic wine possible from our estate, driven mostly by our intense mountain merlot but with a hefty dose of cab to add complexity and ageability. The merlot portion (60%) of this blend was harvested on October 1st and was fermented on its skins for 19 days. The cabernet portion (39%) was harvested on October 24th and was given an extended maceration, finally being pressed on December 30! A final 1% of petit verdot was added to bring floral notes, spice and a touch of acidity.

Appellation: Sonoma/Napa
Vintage: 2015
Harvest: October 2015
Fermentation: Stainless Steel
Cooperage: French Oak
Blend: 60% Merlot
39% Cabernet Sauvignon
1% Petit Verdot
Alcohol: 14.6%
Bottling: August 2017
Production: 536 cases
Release Date: March 2018
Price: $145.00

Reviews

  • California Grapevine: August 2018
    Rating: 92

    2015 Pride Mountain Vineyards, “Reserve Claret,” 62% Sonoma County and 38% Napa County ($145) – Medium to medium-dark ruby; attractive, fragrant, intense, dark cherry, raspberry, and blackberry fruit aroma with hints of baking spices and dark chocolate; full body; rich, ripe, well balanced and elegantly styled, red and black fruit flavors with a hint of mocha and some plushness in the mouthfeel; full tannin; lingering aftertaste. Developed depth and some complexity as it aired in the glass, and deserving three to five more years of bottle aging. Very highly recommended. 14.6% alcohol; 536 cases; blend of 60% Merlot, 39% CS, and 1% PV; released March 2018. (Group Score: 16.8, 1/3/1; My Score: 17 [92/100], second place)