Pine Ridge Fortis 2008

Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California

Item No. 126343
  • red wine
  • collectible wine
  • RP94
  • WS92
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: 14.5%

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%.
Ratings Pedigree:

Winemaker's Notes

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.

Critical Acclaim

"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.

94 Points

"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."
92 Points

Learn About Pine Ridge Map ItMap It

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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