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Date Printed: 7/25/2014
Pine Ridge Fortis 2005
Pine Ridge Fortis 2005
(search item no. 96929)
collectible wine

Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 7/25/2014: $89.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

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

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About Pine Ridge:

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.