Pride Mountain Vineyards Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

Pride Mountain Vineyards Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

SKU C0207


Clear skies in November allowed our 2006 Rock Arch Cabernet Sauvignon, planted with the rare Bella Oaks clone, to hang until just days before Thanksgiving. The long hang time ripened grapes from this 26 year old vineyard to a level of concentration that is exceptional even for a block always defined by inky and dense flavors. The final blend consists of 68% from the Rock Arch lots, 27% from our more supple clone-337 Cab lots (from our Carolyn's and Rim Rock vineyards), and 5% Petit Verdot that brings acidity and spice to balance the structure and fruit. Interwoven nuances of black fruit ranging from dark cherries to raspberries and mulberries are complemented by tar and mocha and hints of cedar. The complexity is drawn out into the wine's signature minute-long finish that, although palate coating, is not excessively chalky.
Category Red Wine
Country California
Brand Pride Mountain Vineyards
Alcohol/vol 15.1%
  • wa98

Wine AdvocateThe utterly profound 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve reveals abundant notes of licorice, creme de cassis, unsmoked high class cigar tobacco, and toasty oak. Full-bodied with fabulous depth, richness, and texture as well as a multilayered mouthfeel, sweet tannins, and loads of potential, this stunning wine is capable of lasting 15-20 years.

Robert Parker, December 2009
  • ws96

Wine SpectatorMakes a strong showing, boasting power, density, richness and complexity, with a sturdy mix and range of cedar- and earth-laced currant and blackberry, plum and anise notes. Maintains focus on a long, persistent finish. Plenty of room to grow, but why wait too long?-2006 California Cabernet blind retrospective (December 2015). Drink now through 2022. 1,428 cases made.

James Laube, 2016
  • we94

Wine EnthusiastThis is one of the least drinkable of Pride Mountain's new red wines, simply because it needs time. It's all primary fruit vs. oak now, with unintegrated blackberry, cherry, currant and mocha flavors fighting it out with smoky caramelized wood and vanilla. Tannins lurk in the background, ready to embrace both sides. Made solidly in the modern cult style of extreme ripeness and high alcohol, it's a compelling wine that should come into its own sometime late in 2010, and drink well for 6-8 years.

Steve Heimoff, May 1, 2010