2014 Pride Mountain "Reserve" Sonoma-Napa Counties Claret

SKU #1328057 95 points Connoisseurs Guide

 This blend is perhaps Exhibit No. 1 in the "adding some Cabernet to Merlot makes great sense" argument. That is, of course, if you want your Merlot to have serious structure and longevity as opposed to the more mid-term succulence found in many of the best 100% or near 100% Merlots. Whatever, your preference, there are plenty of wines that suit both bills, and, clearly, this deep, still-tight effort falls squarely into the "put it in the cellar" camp. Its involving aromas of black cherries, currants, cola and rich soil are followed on the palate by fairly tightly wound, yet solidly fruited flavors whose layers and depth suggest a decade of fully rising, complexing character and the capability of aging well for a second decade and more.  (11/2017)

95 points Jeb Dunnuck

 The 2014 Reserve Claret checks in as a blend of 56% Merlot and 44% Cabernet Sauvignon that’s mostly from the Sonoma side of the region (it’s 23% from Napa County). This deep ruby/purple-colored effort offers a rocking bouquet of spice plums, black raspberries, dried flowers, toasty oak and graphite. Deep, plush, full-bodied and layered, with a gorgeous texture and sweet tannin, it can be drunk anytime over the coming 20+ years.  (12/2017)

95 points Vinous

 Pride's 2014 Reserve Claret is dense, concentrated and unctuous on the palate. Succulent dark cherry, plum, smoke, tobacco, espresso, wild flowers and mint build in a flamboyantly ripe, silky Claret. Today, the 2014 is rich and explosive in feel, but it will be even better in a few years' time, once some of the baby fat has melted away. This is a pretty opulent style, and yet it works. (AG)  (3/2018)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Composed of 56% Merlot and 44% Cabernet Sauvignon, with 77% coming from Sonoma and 23% from Napa, the 2014 Claret Reserve is medium to deep garnet-purple in color and offers notes of mulberries, warm plums, red currant jelly and kirsch with hints of underbrush, cigar box and pencil lead. Medium-bodied, soft, elegantly fruited and very earthy in the mouth, it has a nice suggestion of chew to the texture and plenty of invigorating freshness, finishing with great length. (LPB)  (10/2017)

91 points Wine Spectator

 A plush red, with an abundance of red fruit flavors flanked by savory notes. Mineral and herbal accents show on the finish. (KM)  (11/2017)

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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.

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.


- 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.
Alcohol Content (%): 14