2019 Reserve Claret
Seductive ripe fruit notes of plum and bruised black cherry exuberantly burst from the glass, chased by nuances of dried rose petals, crushed mint, and the vague recollection of the pages of a well-loved leather-bound book. On the palate the wine is seamless, with undulating waves of lush fruit and an unctuous, mouth-coating mid-palate that builds to a minutes-long finish.
Meticulous farming drives our winemaking, with all of our wines primarily made in the vineyard. Still, for our Reserve Claret more than any other wine we produce, blending plays a seminal role in the shaping of its character. Prized barrels from our oldest and most venerated vines are carefully woven together to create this beauty. The core is our showy Lower Mountain Top merlot, which on its own produces a sumptuous, rich and expressive wine. The next layers are structure and intention, formulated via the tannins and acidity expressed by our Rock Arch Reserve cabernet sauvignon vines. The result is a wine that perfectly balances its pleasurable and serious sides both in its youth and long into the future.
|Appellation:||61% Napa/ 39% Sonoma|
36% Cabernet Sauvignon
3% Petit Verdot
|Release Date:||March 2022|
Robert Parker Wine Advocate: May 2023 Week 1, The Wine Advocate - Rating: 96+
A blend of 61% Napa and 39% Sonoma fruit, don't think that it's a coincidence that those numbers line up with the varietal breakdown of 61% Merlot, 31% Cabernet Sauvignon and 8% Petit Verdot in Pride's 2019 Claret Reserve. Regardless of the math, the pleasure is in the glass, starting with a dense, impenetrable garnet hue, then proceeding into intense aromas of loamy earth, vanilla, cassis and black cherries. In the mouth, this is full-bodied but not oversized, tannic but not overly astringent. The overall impression is silky and nearly approachable but with the concentration and balance to age for a couple of decades. For the undeniably impressive quality, both this wine and the Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve are relative values.
Vinous: From: Napa Valley: The Frantic 2020s & Stunning 2021s (Feb 2023) - Rating: 96
The 2019 Claret Reserve is dense and rich. It has a bit more mid-plalate than most of the wines in this tasting, but retains all the freshness and verve that apprears to now be the signature here. Kirsch, red plum, blood orange, rose petal, lavender, mint and spice all flesh out in the glass. Soft and sensual, with no hard edges, the 2019 will drink well right out of the gate and yet also has more than enough vibrancy to offer ten years or more of positive evolution.
Jeb Dunnuck : Napa Valley's 2020s and 2021s - Rating: 95
The 2019 Reserve Claret checks in as 61% Merlot, 36% Cabernet Sauvignon, and the rest Petit Verdot. Another beautiful wine from this team, it reveals a semi-opaque ruby/purple hue to go with a complex bouquet of spiced red and black cherries, dried herbs, camphor, and leather. More subtle, seamless, and layered compared to the slightly more authoritative Reserve Cabernet, this medium to full-bodied 2019 has supple tannins, terrific overall balance, and a great finish. It's a brilliant Napa Valley Merlot that I have no doubt will evolve for 20-25 years if stored properly.