2019 Vintner Select Cabernet Sauvignon
Rich, ripe, expressive, round, big – this wine personifies so many classic cabernet attributes. Fruit notes of cassis, ripe blueberry and black raspberry are balanced in an elegant equilibrium with spicy and resinous flavors of cedar, mint and black tea. The palate is dense from start to finish and closes with a crescendo of silky, nutty tannins.
To make our Vintner Select Cabernet Sauvignon, which is typically no more than 700 cases each year, we taste through each lot of cabernet sauvignon aging in the caves and select those barrels that we think combine to give the purest most intense concentration of cabernet flavor. We do not blend in any other varietals, like merlot or petit verdot or cabernet franc. The Vintner Select Cab is thus our only “100% pure” cabernet sauvignon. Our goal each vintage is for the Vintner Select Cab to be fruit forward while also loaded with cabernet typicity (flavors of cedar, graphite, forest floor or tobacco) and to be dense with silky fine-grained tannins. While we make our Reserve Cab such that it has a bolder tannic finish and is our most imposing cabernet each vintage, the Vintner Select Cab is crafted to be structurally elegant and entirely seductive. Given the cherry picking we can perform across so many cabernet lots, the Vintner Select Cab is guaranteed to come out beautifully each vintage and the 2019 is no exception.
|100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Vinous: From: Napa Valley: The Frantic 2020s & Stunning 2021s (Feb 2023) - Rating: 95
The 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Vintner Select is a blend taken mostly from blocks planted with clone 337 Cabernet which tends to give wines of aromatic presence and brightness. That's exactly what comes through here. Rose petal, lavender and kirsch play off a core of dark red-toned fruit. This sculpted, dynamic Cabernet delivers the goods and then some. It's another fabulous example of the current style at Pride.
Robert Parker Wine Advocate: May 2023 Week 1, The Wine Advocate - Rating: 94
The 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Vintner's Select is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, unlike the regular bottling, which contains small proportions of Merlot and Petit Verdot. Darker in hue, it's richer and oakier on the nose, with assertive notes of pencil shavings, cassis and loamy earth. And while it's labeled the same 14.4% alcohol as the regular bottling, it comes across as fuller-bodied, with a more layered texture on the palate and a longer, plusher finish. It's an excellent wine and a reasonable value in the context of Napa Cabernet.