2011 Pride Mountain Napa/Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1248838 92 points James Suckling

 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.  (3/2015)

92 points Vinous

 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)  (11/2013)

91 points 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)  (10/2014)

90 points Connoisseurs Guide

 *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.  (8/2014)

90 points 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)  (6/2014)

Wine Spectator

 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)  (10/2014)

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the M├ędoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
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United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.
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California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Napa Valley

- America's most famous wine region, which encompasses a varied geographical territory running about 20 miles long from the San Francisco Bay northward to the foot of Mount St. Helena. Napa's great diversity, both in terms of climate and terroir, has led to the creation of a number of smaller AVAs like Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Howell Mountain, Oakville and Mount Veeder, among others. Cabernet and chardonnay still reign supreme, but just about everything under the sun is grown in Napa Valley, in quality levels ranging from $2 jug wine to $500 a bottle California cab.