2011 Pride Mountain "Reserve" Sonoma-Napa Counties Cabernet Sauvignon
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
There are 1,374 cases of the 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, which spent 22 months in 40% new French oak. It exhibits classic notes of new saddle leather, unsmoked cigar tobacco, red and blackcurrants, and loamy soil undertones in a full-bodied, intense, opulent, fleshy style. 85% came from Sonoma County and 15% from Napa County. This beauty is on a fast evolutionary track, so drink it during its first 7-8 years of life. (RP)
Pride's 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve is another exceptional wine from this vintage. The cool, late harvest yielded a slightly restrained wine, yet the 2011 Reserve impresses for its balance and overall harmony. Grilled herbs, tobacco and lavender flesh out on the super-expressive, pliant finish. The 2011 could use another year in bottle, but I wouldn't plan on cellaring it for more than a decade give or take. Once the tannins soften, the 2011 will drink nicely for at least a handful of years. (AG)
Pride's wines rarely fail to find an extra measure of richness, and, even in a vintage where richness was not always easy to achieve, this ripe and generously filled Cabernet lives up to winery expectations. It is impressively concentrated but stops well short of excess, and, if fairly sturdy in build, it flirts with an early suggestion of polish that makes it easy to believe in its future. While it does not demand decades of forbearance, it wants some waiting and should hit its stride in another half-dozen years.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright, saturated medium ruby. Precise aromas and flavors of blackberry, licorice, spices, menthol and espresso accented by flinty minerality, pepper and fresh herbs. Juicy, tight and on the lean side, given a distinctly savory character by slightly peppery acidity. Boasts very good definition, grip and underlying structure--not to mention good length--but will this very cool Cabernet gain in complexity with bottle aging?
***Cellar Selection*** In this gorgeous wine marked by dancing acidity, dry tannins persist around dense layers of black pepper, black cherry and cedar, all of which integrate well with the oak. A nice representation of a cooler vintage, the wine possesses plenty of richness and power balanced exquisitely with a sense of brightness on the palate. Enjoy through 2021. (VB)