2013 Pride Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • North Coast
  • Napa / Sonoma

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  • TXRDW wrote: 93 points

    September 28, 2018 - On a whim I decided to open my last bottle of 2013 Pride after much disappointment from previous bottles (see last note). Much to my surprise this was a far better wine than in the past. Storage has been consistent, so the other main variables that come to mind are method of pouring, aging and consistency of vintage. I popped and poured with the first glass being very good and the wine tasted even better an hour later. My last (disappointing) bottle was recent, so aging wasn’t a factor. This leads me to suspect that the 2013 Pride was inconsistent for reasons unknown. In any case, my final bottle was quite good.



  • Franken Berry commented:

    11/7/18, 6:46 PM - I enjoyed reading your notes, having very similar experiences with Pride as of late. Have been buying a case of this bottling from the winery for the past 15 years. Have been underwhelmed with this bottling in both 2013 and 2014. I share many of your thoughts, the wine often seems flat, linear, and lacking in the mid palate.
    I am a huge fan of the vintners select. I have to wonder if the one variable that has changed is my palate.
    I skipped 2015 cab ( but loaded up on the vintners select)
    I am not certain what to do with the 2016

  • TXRDW commented:

    11/7/18, 7:34 PM - Thank you for your feedback, I’m glad I’m not the only one who has a love/hate relationship with this wine. When it is good it is very good... but when it is average it’s like the feeling you get when you miss a longtime friend. It was nice to see the good Pride show up for my last bottle, he had been missed.

  • Franken Berry commented:

    11/8/18, 9:50 AM - The strange thing is, older vintages of Pride cabernet were incredibly consistent - always fruit forward, never bitter or acidic, little to no bottle variance. And, in my experience, they tended not to go into a dormant phase at year 4 or 5 like some other Napa cabs. My only other thought is that the biggest difference between older Pride (2000 - 2006) is that they were 100% cab. The more recent versions all have a dollop of petit verdot (5 0 %-8%). could it be the petit verdot adding to the acidity and bitter finish?
    The vintners select is the same grape (selected barrels) but 100% cab.

  • TXRDW commented:

    11/8/18, 2:10 PM - My thought going forward is to stick with the Reserve... if you can get it.

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