ORIGIN: This distinctive Bordeaux style blend is complemented by the "Rutherford Dust" characteristics of this historic Napa Valley appellation. The style is created to broaden and fi ne tune the palate as well as extend the finish. Our Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon, produced since the inception of Pine Ridge in 1978, refl ects the attention to detail afforded our entire portfolio of fine wines. The 2005 vintage is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot from our estate vineyards.
WINEMAKING: This vintage we continued our extensive cluster and berry sorting practices prior to light crushing. A long season and rich maturity of tannins allowed for an extended maceration of 24 to 30 days. This contact with the skins develops the expansive mouthfeel and tannin structure of the wine. Aged in new, one, and two-vintage-old French oak barrels for 15 months, this wine was unfi ned and was bottled in April of 2007. TASTING NOTES: A nose of briar, blackberry and blueberry is marked by mixed aromas of coffee, tobacco and vanilla. Elegant in structure and balance, this medium to full-bodied Cabernet is teeming with cherry, blackberry and tobacco flavors, with fi rm, cloaking tannins giving way to an extended finish of berries and toast. This wine may be enjoyed now or cellared for ten years.
Wine AdvocateThe 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.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine6% 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.