It’s been a long time since I’ve tasted this wine. Too long, in fact. My husband’s first boss out of college came over for dinner a couple of weeks ago with his wife and brought a couple of bottles of Pride Cabernet. He loved the wine so much when he visited the winery, he signed up for the deluxe membership and now has crates of these bottles cluttering his wine cellar. Poor chap. Did I just say chap you are probably wondering? Yep. My typing has a British accent when I’m feeling cheeky. 😉 Anywho, it was our pleasure to drink some of his wines from 2006.
The corks were perfectly intact and the wine tasted young. I’m used to a brownish tinge and the cork beginning to crumble if the wine is more than 10 years old so it’s a true sign of good wine storage when that’s not the case. Temperature control, keeping the bottle away from light and storing the wine on its side are the best things you can do to ensure your wine stays fresh and keeps the seal solid.
The Pride Cabernet is a blend of 88% Cabernet, 10% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot. The wine was full-bodied and a deep purple red. Flavors of dark cherry, vanilla, coffee and black tea lingered on the palate and the finish was strong. The wine definitely needed to be filtered and aerated to prevent the sediment from getting in the glass. You can see it clinging to the inside of the bottle in my picture above. This happens a lot with older wines. We paired this with homemade spaghetti and Italian sausage in a red sauce. It was perfection!
If you want to learn more about Pride Vineyard, check out my post from 4 years ago.
Back in the day, this wine sold for about $60, but you can find it online for prices that range from $80-$200, depending on the website.
Rating: 🍷🍷🍷🍷.8 out of 5 Exceptional!!
Cheers my dears!