Pine Ridge Fortis 2005

Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California

$140.00 $89.00
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Item No. 96929
  • red wine
  • collectible wine
  • WS91
Style: Big & Bold

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

Alcohol By Volume: 14.3%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
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%.
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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

Critical Acclaim

"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."
91 Points

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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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Learn About Napa Valley

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...

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Learn About Bordeaux Red Blends

Bordeaux Blends The Fab Five With so much history under its belt, it's no wonder that Bordeaux has figured out the recipe to produce amazing wines. Centuries of making (and drinking) wine led to the blend that has become synonomous with Bordeaux. Winemakers in the New World replicate this formula to create successful blends in their respective regions - you may see Bordeaux blends...

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