Red

2013 Pride Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • North Coast
  • Napa / Sonoma

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  • TXRDW wrote: 90 points

    June 30, 2018 - I had this wine on the heels of a 2015 Pride Reserve. Big step down, even after considering the relative QPR. Decanted for 2 hours, strong notes of black cherry and spice, but with an almost bitter finish. I’m a huge Pride fan, but this particular bottle was a bit disappointing.

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7 Comments

  • Mark1npt commented:

    6/30/18, 6:05 PM - Unfortunately, I've been finding a lot of letdown in Pride lately myself. Don't know why, but it's happening on a grand scale.

  • TXRDW commented:

    7/1/18, 5:42 AM - Interesting feedback, Mark1npt. My sense is that Pride wines in general need several years of aging and more so for 2013’s. As disappointed as I was with this bottle I was the exact opposite with the Pride Reserve, which was a truly great bottle.

  • Mark1npt commented:

    7/1/18, 1:28 PM - I have to agree about the Reserve. It holds up, but all the others across the board, Pride seems to be on a downtrend, IMO. I've aged some of their non reserves and they haven't held up well either.

  • Hamersly commented:

    9/18/18, 11:29 PM - I’m similarly baffled by the nosedive in quality among the sub-Reserve Pride Cabs and Merlots over the past few years. It’s almost as if they’re trying to emulate the hollow, astringent style of cheap Bordeauxs. Their 2012 and 2013s should have been wonderful, but I’m just going to ignore mine for a few more years and hope for a transformation.

  • Mark1npt commented:

    9/19/18, 5:14 AM - Baffling for sure. I don't know if they've changed winemakers in the last 5 years or not. I do know that during my visit there they were quite full of themselves, stating numerous times all their wine was in short supply, many could not be obtained, yada, yada, yada. I get the feeling they are just resting on their laurels....because they can afford to.

  • TXRDW commented:

    9/19/18, 6:11 AM - The saving grace for Pride is that their wines are not the highly extracted Napa fruit bombs that are garnering most of the high scores lately, and Pride certainly is not a wine meant for short term consumption. With that being said, I doubt in the near future I will venture beyond the Pride Reserve because of the surprisingly steep drop off when compared to their lower-tier wines.

  • Mark1npt commented:

    9/19/18, 6:39 AM - That's the exact same approach I'm taking. Reserve only going forward.

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