Originally posted by Qhdeputy:
Originally posted by AZwineRyan:
Just got back from my annual holiday trip to Napa and I picked up:
2 x 2007 Pride Reserve Cabernet
Ryan did you try this at the winery? If so what were your impressions?
Yeah, I tried it at the winery. I don't know how many vintages you've experienced of Pride's Reserve Cab, but their 07 is a bit different than past bottlings. The alcohol is still there, but the fruit is rather toned down (especially compared to their 05 and 06 bottlings). It's more leaning towards red fruits than the typical black and blue fruits of the past. Rather approachable young with cedar, dark chocolate, decent acidity and fine tannins...and it's a bit dusty and smokey. I'm curious to see how this one ages because I really can't get a read on it right now.
It's a great bottle of wine, but their 01, 02, 05 and 06 bottlings are superior in my book. It's lacking the overall richness and vanilla bean flavors that I have come to love from their past vintages. Though I already owned 2 bottles of it, and it was good enough for me to buy 2 more now that I've tasted it. But then again, the Pride Reserve Cabernet has been a perennial favorite of mine for years, so my palate may be a bit biased.
And to add a note about their Merlots...they have a very bright future there IMO. The 2008 Merlot is every bit as good as the 07, but with a bit more fruit. And both of their 09 Merlots (the standard bottling and Vintner Select) showed amazing promise in the barrel...I'm really looking forward to these.