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2007 Pride Mountain - Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma/Napa Reserve

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA /
  • 96 WA
  • 94 WS
  • 93 IWC
  • 92 JS
  • Variety
    Cabernet Sauvignon
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SKU: 173710-2007-1500-3A
  • Vinous | Rating: 93

    (15% alcohol): Deep ruby. Liqueur-like aromas of black cherry, cassis, blackberry, bitter chocolate and slightly tarry oak are accented by a minty nuance. Wonderfully broad, fine-grained wine with shocking inner-mouth lift thanks to its balance of sweetness and urgent acidity. Still amazingly primary in a classic mountain style--in fact, almost simple today. Penetrating black fruit, violet and licorice flavors carry impressively on the firmly tannic, chocolatey finish, which shows no dryness. This infant is evolving at a snail's pace.
    Drink Dates: 2022-2035
    Author: Antonio Galloni
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93

    (15%; includes 4% petit verdot; the 68% Sonoma County portion is mostly from a 1980 planting at the top of the hill): Bright, full red. Wonderfully expressive nose combines cassis, black cherry, crushed mint leaf, tobacco, dark chocolate, coffee, wild herbs and a whiff of tar. Huge but utterly seamless, with compelling fat and sweetness to the flavors of cassis, tar, chocolate and meat. No shortage of lift. This broad-shouldered, very ripe wine finishes with substantial chalky tannins and superb persistence. Reminded me of some of the head-spinning fruit bombs made here in the past by Bob Foley.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2011
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 94

    A rich, savory style, thick and concentrated, offering firm cedar, black licorice, mineral and graphite, with a touch of espresso and tar. Full-bodied, chewy and complex, very backward now but sure to reward.
    Drink Dates: 2011-2018
    Author: James Laube
  • JamesSuckling.com | Rating: 92

    Full bodied, with dark chocolate, berry, and licorice. Very powerful and rich, with an in-your-face velvety style but I appreciate it. Nice and chewy, give this three of four years of bottle age. Pull the cork after 2014. 14+23+23+32. Find the wine
    Author: James Suckling
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 95

    The 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve is a slightly more brooding and formidably endowed effort displaying more extract, tannin and structure. In spite of its massive size, concentration and extract, it possesses gorgeously sweet tannins as well as a sense of equilibrium. This powerhouse will benefit from another 1-3 years of bottle age and should keep for 15 or more years.
    Drink Dates: 2011-2026
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Author: Hal1
Pride Mountain Vineyards sits high atop the Mayacamas Mountains straddling the Napa/Sonoma county line. Located at the site of historic Summit Ranch, where wine grapes have been grown since 1869, this beautiful setting includes wine caves dug deep into the mountains and the haunting ruins of an old stone winery dating to 1890.

Founded in 1990 by Jim and Carolyn Pride, Pride Mountain Vineyards is recognized as one of the "world's greatest wine estates" by Robert Parker, Jr., joining just 22 other California wineries for this distinction. Pride wines have appeared numerous times on The Wine Spectator's Top 100 Wines of the World list, and have been served at the White House more than 30 times during the last two decades.

In 2004, second-generation siblings Suzanne Pride Bryan and Steve Pride took the reins, furthering Pride Mountain Vineyards' tradition of producing highly lauded wines. In the cellar, winemaker Sally Johnson and her team work with the property's exceptional estate-grown cabernet sauvignon, merlot, cabernet franc, syrah, sangiovese and chardonnay to produce world-class cuvees deserving of a place in any serious collector's cellar.

See other similar producers:Von Strasser Winery,Altamura Vineyards & Winery,Ramey Wine Cellars

California is the heartland of wine production in the US, and the state that brought prestige to American wine thanks to the pioneers who built early wineries like Staglin, Beringer, Ridge, Mayacamas and Chateau Montelena in the 1800s. Its large geographic area ensures a great diversity in growing sites, varieties grown, and quality levels. Generalizations about the state's wines have numerous exceptions; however, a few key facts generally hold true—ample sunshine, dry weather during the growing season, and moderate winters prevail. Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon continue to dominate the state's production—albeit in continually smaller percentages, as growers continue to diversify. More than 100 different varieties can be found throughout the state.

Cabernet Sauvignon is a thick-skinned variety that is high in color, flavor, tannin, and body, displaying aromas of black currant, blackberry, violet, bell pepper, and black cherry. It is late-ripening and therefore struggles to grow in cool climates. Quality can vary tremendously depending on terroir, vineyard management, and winemaking style, with the highest quality wines coming from the Haut-Médoc and Graves in Bordeaux, and Napa and Sonoma in California.

The powerful flavors, tannin, and body of Cabernet Sauvignon make it well suited to ageing and allow it to stand up to a large proportion of new oak without overpowering the wine. 225-litre barriques are the most popular size barrel and French oak is commonly used by the best producers to add structural complexity and flavors of chocolate, vanilla, and clove to the nose and palate. The best wines, many of which are below, can age further in the bottle for decades.

Old-World Cabernet Sauvignon is often blended with Merlot, which ripens earlier than Cabernet and adds plum, softer tannin, and lighter body to this Bordeaux blend. These wines typically have earth-driven aromas such as wet leaves and truffle along with bell peppers and leather. First-Growth producers such as Château Lafite-Rothschild, Château Latour, and Château Margaux consistently produce some of the highest-quality Cabernet Sauvignon-based blends.

New-World Cabernet Sauvignon is seen both as a blend and single varietal. Warmer climates and long sunlight hours result in an extended growing season, bearing grapes with richer fruit, bigger tannin, higher alcohol, and lower acidity than their Old-World counterparts. Some of the best expressions of these full-bodied wines come from producers like Screaming Eagle, Hundred Acre, Schrader and Scarecrow.

All Cabernet Sauvignon pairs phenomenally well with meat-forward dishes such as rib-eye steak, short ribs, lamb shank, or a cheeseburger. Vegetable-forward dishes featuring mushrooms are also a great choice for this variety. 

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 595 bottles owned
  • 94 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 95
    (Out of 94 collectors)