Pride Mountain Vineyards Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1998


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This Cabernet Sauvignon displays an extremely dark ruby hue, the first indication of its degree of ripe extraction. The bouquet offers a harmony of black cherry and cassis, cedar and clove with a hint of cocoa. Remarkably even on the palate, the ripe cherry flavors mingle with the character of espresso beans. The tannins provide just enough grip in the finish to indicate that the bottle aging potential should be measured in decades.
Category Red Wine
Country California
Region Napa Valley
Brand Pride Mountain Vineyards
Alcohol/vol 14.1%
  • wa95

Wine AdvocateThe opaque purple-colored 1998 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve is extraordinarily full-bodied and powerful, with unbelievable finesse and harmony for a wine of such great extract and richness. Pure creme de cassis intermixed with licorice, minerals, smoke, and incense is accompanied by sweet tannin, well-integrated acidity, wood, and alcohol, and a stupendous finish lasting nearly 45 seconds. The wine is approachable, but should age easily for two decades. The limited production Reserve cuvee (450 cases) is an expression of California winemaking at its most compelling.

Robert Parker, June 2002
  • st92

International Wine CellarSaturated purple-ruby. Restrained but complex aromas of blackberry, cassis, violet, licorice, bitter chocolate and minerals. Juicy and very firmly built; conveys a stronger impression of acidity. Black fruits complicated by mocha and dark chocolate notes. Less broad than the reserve claret but subtler and longer. Finishes with nobler tannins and slowly mounting, extremely persistent flavor.

Stephen Tanzer, May 2001
  • ws87

Wine SpectatorMature, with complex dried currant, new leather, sage and black licorice flavors that are complex. Turns tannic and simpler midpalate, but very enjoyable.--1998 California Cabernet retrospective. Drink now.

James Laube, 2009