2015 Reserve Claret
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.
39% Cabernet Sauvignon
1% Petit Verdot
|Release Date:||March 2018|
The Wine Advocate: Issue 240; online
Composed of 60% Merlot, 39% Cabernet Sauvignon and 1% Petit Verdot coming 38% from Napa Valley and 62% from Sonoma County, the 2015 Claret Reserve reveals a deep garnet color and offers up seductively spicy notions of Christmas cake, cardamom, cloves and cinnamon stick over a core of baked plums, blueberry pie and potpourri plus wafts of fried herbs and charcuterie. Medium to full-bodied, the plush textured palate delivers mouth-filling black fruit preserves and savory layers with a lively backbone and a long spicy finish. 536 cases were made.
Vinous: December 2018, Online
The 2015 Claret Reserve is a powerful, full-throttle wine. Iron, smoke, cedar, tobacco, mocha, espresso and red cherry jam infuse this succulent, dramatic Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon blend from Pride. The Claret is unquestionably ripe, like all of the 2015s, but it also has the frame and breadth to hold all of that richness. A classic Pride wine, the 2015 Claret will drink well now and for another 10-15 years.
California Grapevine: August 2018
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)
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine: October 2018
The expected toughness and long-aging needs of this wine are not anything new. It is often among those with the most potential in the long run, and so it is here as well. But, often that potential is met with a bit more juice and richness than is on offer here, and we will admit to a bit of doubt as to the full and complete evolution of this edition. Half a decade of cellaring will tell the tale, and fans of the wine are certainly going to give it a chance.