Pine Ridge Fortis 2005
Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
This wine is powerful yet supple, with an intricate nose of baked cherry, dried currants and pomegranate fruit accented with hints of oolong tea, toffee and fragrant oak. The palate has a creamy texture that balances the chewy tannins and emphasizes the concentrated fruit flavors. Notes of dark chocolate, creamy coffee and light tobacco are drawn out over the long finish. The effort of double decanting will be well repaid by the depth of the aerated flavors.
This is a wine meant for flavorful, rich dishes as it could easily overpower more delicate preparations. Grilled lamb and herbed wild fowl are excellent pairings, but a simply seared pepper-crusted ribeye would be equally delicious. Hard, aged cheeses like piave vecchio or 12-year old gouda nicely soften the firm tannins as would dense bittersweet chocolate truffles.
Blend: 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot, 4% Malbec
Wine Spectator - "Pungently earthy, yet very rich and concentrated, giving this a rich, savory profile, with dried currant, smoky, toasty oak, mineral, tobacco and espresso. Finishes with bold, rich tannins. A powerful yet graceful effort. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Malbec."
Pine Ridge Winery
In 1978 , a remarkable vineyard took shape alongside a deep pine forest that climbs the western hillside of Napa Valley’s storied Stags Leap District. Today, nestled in a small valley along the Silverado Trail, the carefully maintained and terraced slopes of Pine Ridge Vineyards blend gracefully with the natural rise and fall of the land. Year after year, the wines of Pine Ridge carry a sense of this place and its history. Continuity, balance and meticulous craftsmanship are inherent in the wines and deeply embedded in the winery's heritage. Each vintage reflects the distinct characteristics of the appellation and a focused commitment to refinement that reaches across the years, from the founding of the winery to today. View all Pine Ridge Wines
About Napa ValleyView a map of Napa Valley wineries
It's hard not to think of Napa Valley when thinking of California wines. The region is, after all, the one that brought world recognition to California wine making. The area was settled by a few choice wine families in the 1960's who bet that the wines of the area would grow and flourish. They were right. The Napa wine industry really took off in the 1980's, when vineyard lands were scooped up and vines were planted throughout the county. A number of wineries emerged, from large conglomerates to small boutiques to cult classics. Cabernet Sauvignon is definitely the grape of choice here, with many winemakers also focusing on Bordeaux Blends. Whites are usually Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.
Notable FactsWithin the Napa Valley lie smaller sub-AVAs that lend even more character specifics to the wines. Furthest south is Carneros, followed by Yountville, Oakville & Rutherford. Above those two is St.-Helena and finally, just granted an AVA, Calistoga. These areas are situated on the valley floor and are known for creating rich, smooth Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chardonnay. There are a few mountain regions as well, nestled on the slopes overlooking the valley AVAs. Those include Howell Mountain, Stags Leap and Mount Veeder. Wines from the mountain regions are often more structured and firm, benefiting from more time in the bottle to evolve and soften.
About CaliforniaIt's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
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