Presenting a bouquet that is both savory and sweet, this deep ruby wine expresses rich aromas of ripe, brambly blackberry, sweet red cherry and blackcurrant, enrobed by wisps of smoky oak, Oolong tea, dried sage leaf and dark chocolate mocha. Leading with vivid cherry and fresh raspberry fruits, the lush palate echoes with nuances of white pepper, maple-brown sugar and sweet basil, underscored by velvety tannins on the graceful finish.
A classic, meaty dish, such as a rack of New Zealand lamb chops and grilled vegetables with hollandaise, makes a fine partner for this elegantly powerful bottling. Alternatively, this complex beauty is equally enjoyable after dinner alongside dark chocolate truffles or an earthy, semi-soft cheese like Ossau, a Basque cheese made from ewe's milk.
"Medium-bodied but concentrated, with firm yet refined tannins and refreshing acidity. This has tension and lift, and considerable purity of fruit. Not hugely structured but beautifully textured, balanced and long.
Spice, tobacco and a cedary Cabernet character, which is very attractive. A beautifully structured palate with delicious fruit supported by velvety, ripe tannins. Really complete wine with lots of class.
Savoury and more restrained in style than lighter and fresher. The palate has an attractive liveliness of bold red fruits, with softer tannins and oak usage. Younger drinking, and with a delicious core of vibrant freshness.
Drink 2014 - 2028"
"From the Stags Leap District (the home base of Pine Ridge), the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon is loaded with notes of dark chocolate, spring flowers, black cherries and black currants. This medium to full-bodied, flavorful, pure wine possesses lots of nobility, intensity and richness, but there is not a hard edge to be found in this beauty. For sheer complexity, it is hard to beat. Moreover, it should drink well for 10-15 years."
The Wine Advocate
"The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District comes across as beautifully focused and centered, with plenty of bright, well-articulated fruit and a solid underpinning of tannin. This is a balanced, harmonious wine with a seemingly very bright future.
Vinous / Antonio Galloni