2013 Pride Mountain Sonoma/Napa Counties Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1331356 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 As for the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon (87% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Petit Verdot), 72% of the fruit hails from the Napa side of the vineyard, and 28% from the Sonoma side. It was aged 20 months in 40% new French oak. This is a gorgeous Cabernet Sauvignon from the top of Spring Mountain and probably their biggest cuvée at 5,728 cases. The wine has a terrific nose of blackberry, chocolate, licorice and cassis. Some toast is in the background, but clearly, the fruit is dominant in this full-bodied, voluptuously textured and opulent, dramatic, flamboyant Cabernet Sauvignon. Unlike most 2013s, it is open and delicious and shows no signs of closing down any time soon. Drink this hefty, fleshy wine over the next 15 or more years. (RP)  (10/2016)

92 points Vinous

 Pride's 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon is absolutely delicious. Dark cherry, mocha, plum and licorice are some of the many notes that flesh out in a voluptuous wine endowed with real depth and intensity. Plush, powerful and also inviting, the 2013 is a terrific example of the vintage. Best of all, the Cabernet won't require as much patience as some of the other higher-end 2013 Cabernet-based offerings. (AG)  (12/2016)

92 points Wine Enthusiast

 A healthy 8% Petit Verdot gives added strength and color to this wine, while the 5% Merlot adds smooth, layered, velvety-rich texture. Bittersweet chocolate and wild mushroom play off each other's sweet-savory tension, balancing at the end. (VB)  (10/2016)

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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 Médoc 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.