Pride Mountain Vineyards Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

Pride Mountain Vineyards Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

SKU C0206


Displaying blue fruit notes ranging from mulberry and blueberry to cassis, this dense, weighty wine is not afraid to flaunt its personality. Coffee, anise and tobacco flavors can be found in its depth, while the finish lingers for over a minute. Tannic yet jammy Cabernet Sauvignon grapes from our 25-year old Rock Arch vineyard make up the backbone of this wine, while our more unctuous Quartz Hill and Rim Rock vineyards round out the mid-palate and add finesse. The blend is polished with 0.5% Petit Verdot to add acid and spice. Approachable when young by those who are not intimidated by its heft, this wine will reveal layers of complexity as it evolves over the next 15 to 20 years.
Category Red Wine
Country California
Brand Pride Mountain Vineyards
Alcohol/vol 14.5%
  • wa96+

Wine AdvocateAlmost as impressive is the 2005 Cabernet Reserve, a blend of 95.5% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4.5 % Petit Verdot, in this case sourced 58% from Sonoma County and 42% from Napa. Its 14.5% alcohol is slightly lower than its sibling's. This full-bodied wine is very concentrated, with a saturated bluish/purple color and a classic nose of mocha and espresso intermixed with crème de cassis and charcoal. The finish is a good 40-45 seconds, and the wine has a remarkable vibrancy and freshness from the vintage's acidity. This is terrific stuff to drink now and over the next 12-15 years.

Robert Parker, June 28, 2015
  • we94

Wine EnthusiastThis is the densest, most tannic of Pride's new releases, obviously meant for the cellar. You could drink it now, because it's so lush, but the tightness suggests that the winemaker doesn't want you to. Buried under the astringency are masses of cassis, dark chocolate, sweet fresh herbs and smoky oak. Better after 2010.

Steve Heimoff, July 1, 2009
  • ws93

Wine SpectatorDense and youthful, brimming with blackberry, currant, wild berry, cedar, tobacco leaf and dried herb notes, joined by the scent of dill-laced oak. Finishes with a persistent aftertaste, echoing dark berry and licorice details. Gripping tannins.-2005 California Cabernet blind retrospective (September 2015). Drink now through 2025. 1,291 cases made.

James Laube, 2015