2011 Pride Mountain Napa/Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon
Aromas of tar, dark berries and hints of walnut. Full body with velvety tannins and a juicy finish. Savory young red. Very well done for the vintage. Try in 2017.
The 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon is dark, powerful and implosive. A cool, reticent wine, the 2011 is playing its cards close to the vest today. Plum, black cherry, graphite, rosemary, licorice and melted road tar emerge from the glass, but only reluctantly. The 2011 is big, rich and tannic. Ideally it needs a few years in bottle to fully come together. (Drink between 2016-2031) (AG)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon is outstanding. A blend of 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot, it was aged 20 months in 40% new French oak, and there are nearly 5,200 cases. A strong effort in this vintage, it boasts ripe black raspberry and blackcurrant fruit intermixed with underbrush and dusty, loamy soil characteristics. The complex aromatics are followed by a beautifully poised, pure, medium to full-bodied Cabernet with silky tannins and a precocious, lush personality. It can be drunk now and over the next decade. (RP)
*One Star* 2011 may not be a vintage where ripeness is universal, but Pride's full-scaled Cabernet suffers no shortfall in fully ripe fruit and juxtaposes creamy oak with a touch of milk chocolate and well-defined cherries and currants in both its ample aromas and constant, impressively filled flavors. It is still on the tough side but no more so than serious young Cabernet routinely is, and it should show a bit of much needed polish some six to eight years hence.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(a 62/38 blend of the two counties; also includes 5% merlot and 3% petit verdot): Bright, moderately saturated red-ruby. Cassis, licorice, tobacco and tea on the varietally expressive nose. A step up in intensity and density from the merlot, with good vinosity giving the berry, pepper and herb flavors a sappy quality. Boasts a better integration of acids and tannins than the merlot. The crop level was very low here due to windy conditions that resulted in shatter during the flowering. (ST)
Trim and firmly tannic, with taut blackberry, wild berry, cedar and crushed rock notes. Needs time. Drink now through 2022. 5,193 cases made. (JL)