Dark in color, with a sleek body and tight beam of spicy, herb-laced cherry, plum and current, this Cabernet blend firms up nicely on the long, persistent finish, where the tannins anchor the flavors. Shows great depth and complexity. Drink now through 2014.
93 Points — James Laube, The Wine Spectator Top Picks- 12/02
A sleek, plush, tightly focused wine, loaded with spicy herb-laced cherry, plum and currant fruit flavors, and showing a long, persistent finish. The wine is a blend of Cabernet and Merlot.
93 Points — James Laube, The Wine Spectator - 9/01
There are 400 cases of this blend of equal parts Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot from Pride Mountain Vineyard's winemaker, Robert Foley. Sadly, most of the 1998 [see below] (which I reviewed in issue #141) was destroyed in a warehouse fire. The only bottles that survived were those from his personal cellar and a handful of bottles provided as samples to distributors. A seamless classic, the opaque purple-colored 1999 offers a sweet perfume of coffee, mocha, graphite, black cherries, licorice, and cassis. The wine reveals sweet tannin, beautiful purity and a gorgeous layered texture. It should drink well for 15+years.
93 Points —Robert Parker, Jr., The Wine Advocate - 8/02
Saturated purple-ruby. Reticent but nuanced nose suggests blackberry, violet, licorice, minerals and mint. Very intensely flavored and densely packed but quite tight today. The wine's strong underlying minerality and firm acidity contribute to the powerful impression of backbone. Not hugely sweet today but impressively long, with very fine tannins.
92-94 Points —Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar