Pine Ridge Fortis 2008
Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California
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Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
An abundance of exquisite aromas of bright cherry, blackcurrant and ripe blackberry, balanced by roasted coffee, brown
sugar and toasted coconut engage the nose of this opaque ruby wine. The palate explodes with luscious fruit notes of
blueberry, cassis, and warm blackberry pie beneath robust tannins and touches of dark baking chocolate, graham cracker
and star anise that echo throughout its unwavering finish. The tremendous balance, depth and complexity of this wine
provide evidence of its age-worthiness, therefore, we recommend decanting for at least one hour before consuming this
wine in its youth.
"The flagship 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Fortis (with a different label and a heavier bottle) has an opaque ruby/purple color and gorgeously sweet, concentrated black currant fruit with sweet cherry, plum, Asian spice, and some subtle oak. It is full-bodied and very graceful, with superb equilibrium and intensity. This is a terrific, very young but very promising, prodigious Cabernet Sauvignon that should drink well for 20-25 years.
The Wine Advocate
"This Bordeaux-style blend is rich, full-bodied and well-endowed with dark berry, cedar, graphite and new leather flavors. Full-bodied and not shy about tannins, but they're ripe and the fruit flows with nice traction. Best from 2012 through 2022."
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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...
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