2009 Pride Mountain "Reserve" Sonoma-Napa Counties Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1155953 96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark There is no question the 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve is the most backward and brooding of the wines I tasted from Pride. Firm tannins frame an expressive core of dark red berries, licorice, scorched earth, tobacco, smoke and incense. Today, the 2009 is far too young to offer true pleasure, but it is unquestionably striking. Hints of iron, graphite and smoke add complexity on the finish supported by huge mountain tannins. The 2009 is super distinctive and loaded with personality. (AG) Inner quote mark (12/2012)

94 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Saturated bright ruby. Slightly inky scents of briary blueberry and blackberry, bitter chocolate and violet, along with a tarry nuance. Densely packed, youthfully primary Cabernet with a lovely restrained sweetness to its very intense flavors of mountain berries, minerals and dark chocolate. Firm, harmonious acidity leavens the wine's thickness. Finishes very long and firmly tannic, with no rough edges. An excellent showing, but give this slowly evolving wine some time in a decanter and then enjoy it for its sweetness and thrust. This fruit was harvested in November, well after the period of rain in early October. (ST) Inner quote mark (7/2019)

94 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark This gigantic Cabernet is one of Pride's biggest ever. Blackberries, cherries and chocolate nibs explode in the mouth, but it's no mere fruit bomb. The tannins and acids lend it integrity, and the finish is miraculously dry. A superb job, and as good as it is now, should develop over the next 12-15 years, depending on how old you like your Cabs. *Cellar Selection* Inner quote mark (12/2013)

93 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Offering a generous display of loamy earth, currant, blackberry and baking spice elements, this is nicely structured, with just the right amount of firmness in the tannins and acidity. Elegant and graceful. (JL) Inner quote mark (12/2012)

Connoisseurs Guide

Outer quote mark Immediately impressing as a wine of real substance and rife with ripe cherries and very sweet oak, Pride's latest Reserve is a plush and immensely flavorful effort that is exceptionally well-made for the very big wine that it is. Its grasp on fruit is sure and insistent, and its supporting tannins ensure improvement with age. It will never be accused of subtlety, but it is quite complex and will become more so with time. We urge that it be left alone in the cellar for no fewer than five years and expect it to grow for ten or more. *Two Stars* Inner quote mark (4/2013)

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