Close to perfection is the 2013 Reserve Claret, a blend of 62% Merlot, 37% Cabernet Sauvignon and 1% Petit Verdot, aged 22 months in 20% new French oak. There are 450 cases of this big boy (14.8% alcohol). This is a 30-year wine and a spectacular effort, with 14% coming from the Napa side of the property and 86% from the Sonoma County side. Dense opaque purple, with a glorious nose of chocolate, and espresso intermixed with mulberry fruit, blueberry and blackberry, it is fleshy, succulent, full-bodied, opulent and impressively structured. In fact, the 2013 tannic profile is alive in this wine, and thus I suggest 3-5 years of bottle age. Drink it over the following three decades. (RP)
A highlight among these current releases, the 2013 Reserve Claret is also one of the most explosive wines in the range. As such, it is likely to require at least a few years of cellaring. Cedar, red stone fruit, smoke and tobacco give the 2013 its distinctly savory personality. There is plenty of depth and intensity in the glass, but the 2013 needs time to shed some of its ferocious mountain tannin. (AG)
Richness and ripeness are the usual calling cards of Pride's ambitious red wines, and, if there is no shortage of either here, the latest Reserve Claret stands out equally for its structured solidity and ageworthy balance. It is a deep and dense effort with a wealth of well-extracted black cherry and currant-like fruit, but it is not one that should be poured before it has had the chance to grow out of its moderately astringent youth and into its very considerable best, and, if it will become more approachable in four or five years, it is certain to improve for a good many more.
Muscular tannins pair with rich fruit in this cellar-worthy wine, offering notes of red currant and cherry accented by crushed stone, dusty mocha and spice. Best from 2018 through 2028. (TF)
This robust wine is made from 62% Merlot, 37% Cabernet Sauvignon and 1% Petit Verdot. Herbal in personality, it retains a full-bodied ripeness of concentrated fruit, showcased in tobacco, leather and licorice. The tannins are sizable and grippy. (VB)
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