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Pine Ridge Stags Leap Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
Bursting with ripe red and black cherry and berry fruit, dark chocolate and tobacco leaf. Touches of smoke, brown sugar, clove and dark fruit hint at the complexity that proper aging will bring. The palate lives up to the promise of the nose with loads of sweet cassis, black cherry and berry flavors. Well-integrated tannins are firm but silky, balancing the weight of the rich fruit perfectly for a velvety, full-bodied wine that drinks beautifully now and can be kept 10 - 12 years.
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The 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District exhibits a dense ruby/purple color along with a beautiful nose of sweet red and black fruits as well as subtle background oak and underbrush. Medium to full-bodied, stylish, and graceful with a delicate integration of wood, tannin, and alcohol, this finesse-styled red possesses both substance and length.
6% Petit Verdot; 5% Merlot. Ripe cherries and dark chocolate abound in its rich aromas, and, if a bit colored by the trappings of ripeness, the wine is keenly focused on fruit and never loses its varietal way. It is moderately full-bodied, slightly fleshy in feel and firmed by fairly mannerly tannins, and its happy marriage of structure and polish is, in our eyes, the defining hallmark of the Stags Leap appellation.
One of the world’s most classic and popular styles of red wine, Bordeaux-inspired blends have spread from their homeland in France to nearly every corner of the New World, especially in California, Washington, and Australia. Typically based on either Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot and supported by Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and/or Petit Verdot, these are sometimes referred to in the US as “Meritage” blends. In Bordeaux itself, Cabernet Sauvignon dominates in wines from the Left Bank of the Gironde river, while the Right Bank focuses on Merlot. Often, blends from outside the region are classified as being inspired by one or the other.
In the Glass
Cabernet-based, Left-Bank-styled wines are typically more tannic and structured, while Merlot-based wines modeled after the Right Bank are softer and suppler. Cabernet Franc can add herbal notes, while Malbec and Petit Verdot contribute color and structure. Wines from Bordeaux can be bold and fruit-forward or restrained and earthy, while New World facsimiles tend to emulate the former style. In general, Bordeaux red blends can have aromas and flavors of black currant, cedar, plum, graphite, and violet, with more red fruit flavors when Merlot makes up a high proportion of the blend.
Since Bordeaux red blends are often quite structured and tannic, they pair best with hearty, flavorful, and fatty meat dishes. Any type of steak makes for a classic pairing. Equally welcome with these wines would be beef brisket, pot roast, braised lamb, or smoked duck.
While the region of Bordeaux is limited to a select few approved grape varieties, the New World is free to experiment. Bordeaux blends in California may include Syrah, Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, or virtually any other grape deemed worthy by the winemaker. In Australia, Shiraz is a common component.