(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.
Wine & SpiritsStraddling the border between Napa and Sonoma at an elevation of 2,000 feet, Price specializes in crafting mountain-grown Cabernet - in a refreshingly different style from the fierce mountain wines of the past. Their '95, quite dark in color, starts out brooding and remote before it opens up to reveal cinnamon, cardamom, pepper spice and deep black plum Cabernet fruit. the tannins are formidable, but there's also fine acidity to lighten their mass. This is the real thing: big, muscular and worthy of ten years aging. Remarkably, however, it's approachable now, and would be read more...great with a very ripe, stinky cheese. (hide)
Connoisseurs' Guide to California WinesLoaded with creme brulee and caramel notes right off the bat, the nose of this compelling effort keeps sweet black cherry fruit in clear focus, and that combination of elements is both outgoing in volume and precociously inviting. Full in feel without the least resort towards heaviness, the wine tastes of mouthfilling, lengthy richness layered over intense yet youthful fruit. Time is clearly on its side, and while the wine has plenty of well-muscled fruit today, it is a lead-pipe cinch to age gra...
International Wine CellarGood deep red-ruby color. Currant, tobacco, cocoa powder and sweet oak on the nose. Then surprisingly tightly wound in the mouth, with firm acids giving shape and grip to the fresh berry and milk chocolate flavors. In a leaner style for a Pride wine but shows an exhilarating sugar/acid balance. Finishes firmly tannic, bright and gripping. As serious as this seems today, there's nothing hard about it.