2014 Pride Mountain "Reserve" Sonoma/Napa Counties Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1331357 96 points Jeb Dunnuck

 Coming both from Sonoma County and Napa Valley, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve offers a deep, concentrated, dense style as well as loads of chocolaty dark fruits, black cherry, graphite, scorched earth, tobacco and background oak. It's a rich, full-bodied beauty that shows the more plush side of the vintage in its fruit and texture, yet offers an incredible core of fruit and mid-palate density that's going to allow it to age beautifully. I'd hide bottles for 4-5 years and enjoy over the following 2-3 decades.  (12/2017)

96 points Vinous

 The highlight in this range, the 2014 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon is rich, powerful and explosive, with fabulous energy to back up its huge fruit. This is another wine that needs time to fully come together, but it is true of all the top Pride wines. I wouldn't think of opening a bottle anytime soon. A rush of black cherry, plum and mocha adds a closing flourish of intensity in this superb Cabernet Sauvignon from Pride. (AG)  (3/2018)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Composed of 97% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Petit Verdot, with 66% coming from Sonoma and 34% from Napa, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve displays a very deep purple-black color and nose of crushed red and black currants, black cherries and pencil shavings with touches of cloves, bay leaves, damp earth and truffles. Medium to full-bodied, it fills the mouth with juicy red and black fruits, supported by silky, silt-like tannins and wonderful freshness, finishing long with an herbal lift. (LPB) 95+  (10/2017)

91 points Wine Spectator

 Marked by cedar, dill and dark berry flavors, with shades of anise and currant, making a point of structure and jazzy oak. Tightly wound and built to age, even though this is enjoyable now. Drink now through 2034. (JL)  (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.