Pine Ridge Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
A sweet and spicy nose of dark, ripe plum, blackberry pie and red licorice balanced with leather and star anise bursts from the glass in this deep garnet wine. The palate echoes the richness of the bouquet and surges with fresh cassis, black cherry and brambly black fruit flavors, supported by a framework of lush tannins, roasted espresso and dark cocoa. This tremendously well-balanced wine finishes delicately with a velvety kiss of mint chocolate and toast.
Blend: 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Petit Verdot, 6% Merlot, 4% Malbec
Wine Spectator - "A big yet graceful style, this is dense with red and black fruits and notes of blackberry, spice, currant and mocha. Offers loamy earthlaced tannins, ending with an elegant, graceful presence. Drink now through 2025."
Vinous / Antonio Galloni - "The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley is an attractive, radiant wine graced with expressive dark red fruit, flowers, licorice and spices. French oak adds volume and shape, but it is very nicely integrated. This is a beautiful, feminine Cabernet Sauvignon from Pine Ridge. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2019."
Pine Ridge Winery
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. View all Pine Ridge Wines
About Napa ValleyView a map of Napa Valley wineries
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 lands were scooped up and vines were planted throughout the county. A number of wineries emerged, from large conglomerates to small boutiques to cult classics. Cabernet Sauvignon is definitely the grape of choice here, with many winemakers also focusing on Bordeaux Blends. Whites are usually Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.
Notable FactsWithin the Napa Valley lie smaller sub-AVAs that lend even more character specifics to the wines. Furthest south is Carneros, followed by Yountville, Oakville & Rutherford. Above those two is St.-Helena and finally, just granted an AVA, Calistoga. These areas are situated on the valley floor and are known for creating rich, smooth Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chardonnay. There are a few mountain regions as well, nestled on the slopes overlooking the valley AVAs. Those include Howell Mountain, Stags Leap and Mount Veeder. Wines from the mountain regions are often more structured and firm, benefiting from more time in the bottle to evolve and soften.
About CaliforniaIt's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country unto itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
Customer ReviewsSign In to Add Your Review3.53.7 out of 5 stars
5 ratings, 2 with reviewsJAMES FAY - Vancouver, WA45/9/2016Canon John 3 - Bloomfield, CT310/31/2012So I conducted a tasting competition between this wine and the Columbia Crest 2008 Reserve Cab. Both are excellent cabs, but I found their similarities to be somewhat disconcerting. Both were heavy with vanilla. My spouse tasted this blindly and she said, Yes, a California cab without much enthusiasm. Which cab was better? For me it was a depressing tie!! Could it be that California and even Washington Cab are going the way of the now unoriginal Cali Chardonnays?boltie - Brookfield, WI49/28/201259/27/2012Pine Ridge makes great wine, plain and simple. Smooth, sophisticated, a hint of clay. $54 is a bit pricey, but on sale at $39.99 it's a bargain.