2002 Pride Mountain "Reserve" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
More serious and foreboding as well as opulent and close to full maturity is the sexy, voluptuously textured, deep, concentrated, dense plum/purple-colored 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve. Fashioned from the estate’s finest Cabernet lots, it possesses terrific ripeness, a silky, plush texture, a big, full-bodied, broad, savory, deep, well-textured mouthfeel, and a 45-second finish. This gorgeous wine will offer both intellectual and hedonistic pleasure for another 12-15 years. This enviable and venerable winery high on top Spring Mountain straddles the Napa and Sonoma county lines. These three sensational 2002s are all capable of lasting another 10-15+ years. (RP)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(14.7% alcohol; 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, "from a big yield and our ripest grapes," said Steve Pride): Healthy deep red-ruby. Extremely ripe nose shows strawberry liqueur, chocolate, game, toasted almond, amaretto and a note of hard candy. Plush, sweet and voluptuous; an utterly seamless wine with a distinctly exotic quality to its black cherry, chocolate and almond extract flavors. Nothing herbal here! This huge, mouthfilling wine finishes with substantial ripe tannins totally buffered by fruit. At its peak right now but in no danger of falling off a cliff anytime soon.
Mature and drinking well, retaining its rich, seductive style. Complex plum, anise, black cherry, melted chocolate and black licorice flavors are well-centered and spicy, showing a touch of fresh earth. Ends with firm, drying tannins. Drink now through 2018. (JL, Web-2012)
The cult following for Pride Mountain has been in full force for years now. Situated high up at the top of Spring Mountain, the winery straddles the Sonoma/Napa county line and commands a spectacular view of Mount St. Helena. The property was a winery well over 100 years ago, and now produces some of the more sought-after wines in California. The reviewers tend to agree with the collectors, as the wines regularly achieve fantastic scores in numerous respected publications.