(2012 Vintage) Super-concentrated nose of blackberry, kirsch, moist tobacco, subtle incense and sandalwood really light up the senses. The 2013 equally delivers on the palate, with density, persistence, structure and superb concentration of flavor. This is a prodigious wine, one of the best cabernet sauvignons I can recall us making. The stuffing on this will allow it to age beyond any of our lifespans. Nonetheless, the considerable tannins are velvety and the wine pleasurably rolls around the mouth even at this young age (bottled in July 2015). Classic Pride Mountain flavors of dark ripe berries, a range of baking spice nuances, cedar and mocha.
International Wine CellarRating: 90-93 - As reviewed by International Wine Cellar in Issue 90, May/June 2000. Saturated, bright ruby-blue. Sappy, spicy aromas of cassis, blackberry, blueberry and roast coffee. Powerful mountain-style cabernet, with intense flavors of black fruits, licorice, shoe polish and wintermint, and strong underlying backbone. Here, too, the tannins are less sweet than those of the extraordinary '97 yet coat the entire palate. Not quite as superripe or generous as the '97, but then not many wines are. The harvest in these vines began in the second week of November and ended in early December.
Wine AdvocateRating: 95/100 - As reviewed by The Wine Advocate in Issue 141.
Wine SpectatorRating: 91/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator.