2001 Pride Mountain "Reserve" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Remarkably, the 2001 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon may be even better. Staggeringly pure notes of creme de cassis, violets, licorice and graphite soar from the glass of this inky/purple-colored wine. Composed of 98% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Petit Verdot, and tasting like it is 2-3 years old, it is a stunningly pure, rich, full-bodied, prodigious example of high elevation mountain Cabernet Sauvignon that will not reach full maturity for another 5-7 years, and should age beautifully for another two decades or more. It is a magical wine to smell, taste and contemplate. These impressive 2001s from Pride Mountain Vineyards were made during the regime of Bob Foley and the late Jim Pride. The two most limited production cuvees are the Reserve Claret and Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, which are almost impossible to find. 98+ (RP)
Robust and concentrated, with chewy tannins along with a wealth of juicy, mineral-laced mocha, blackberry, vanilla and cedary black licorice notes that are youthful and focused. Ends with ripe but quite chewy tannins. (Web Only-2011)
Healthy bright ruby-red. Very ripe aromas of black raspberry liqueur, coffee, mocha, chocolate, cedar and spicecake, all lifted by a floral topnote. Sweet, pliant and rich, showing the mid-palate stuffing and layered texture the 2000 lacks; this plush, wonderfully creamy wine surprised me with its inner-mouth energy and powerful structure. The wine's dark berry, anise and graphite flavors have the body and richness to support the huge but even palate-saturating tannins. A beauty. Pride noted that early on, this hot-vintage wine was 'a big block.' Today it's showing more definition. (ST)
From the earliest ever harvest at Pride, this bottling is at once both riper and more governed at this point by oak and lacks the fruity confidence of its better cellarmates. If extracted and a bit a bit grabby by dint of its ample tannins, it has the structure to age for many years, but owing to its tentative grasp on clearly defined fruit, its future is harder to ken.
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.