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
"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."
"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."
Vinous / Antonio Galloni
Pine 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.
So 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?