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Pine Ridge

USA, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pine Ridge, Stags Leap District, Napa Valley, California, 2010

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Rated 45 minutes after opening the bottle, no decant necessary. Red blend of: 90% cabernet sauvignon, 8% petit verdot, 1% cabernet franc, and 1% merlot. N/ Deep notes of black cherry and rich cassis, with mature, and in this one case, delicious tomato leaf aromas. Black soil. Forest floor. Mesquite wood. Baker’s chocolate and slate. […]

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USA, Chenin Blanc & Viognier, Pine Ridge in Napa Valley, (Clarksburg, Lodi, & Napa grapes), California, 2010

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The Chenin Blanc is sourced from Clarksburg and the Viognier from Lodi. N/ Bright, acidic crisp hay. Clean burlap. If you allow me to wax…. ripe yellow fruits juiced over river stones in the midday sun. Lime zest. White flowers. Granite and cement, in a good way. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Dripping yellow fruits and lime. […]

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(Winery & Vineyard Visits), Napa Valley, California, USA / Quick Guide – Introduction to a few of my favorite wineries

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In a two-part Napa Valley series I wrote for my past magazine column, we documented a recent tour through Napa’s wonderland… Please click on the link, immediately below, to be taken to this article that we have posted on Scribd. We suggest hitting the “full screen” button below the article, then the zoom buttons. http://www.scribd.com/doc/25949562/Napa-Valley-Wine-Guide-California […]

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USA, Merlot, Pine Ridge, Crimson Creek, 2005

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N/ Round purple fruits and dry earth. Game. Raw meat. T/ Light mouthfeel. Ripe berries. Flint. Tart cranberry finish. Note: About $28 retail. Very Good. 87

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(Winery & Vineyard Visits), Pine Ridge, Stags Leap, Napa Valley, California, Cabernet Sauvignons & Red Blends

Pine Ridge is another big proponent of cave aging, with about 7/10ths of a mile to show. I did a barrel-to-bottle tasting, and it was excellent. This is a truly great vineyard, and some of their aged wines can rival the 1st growths of Bordeaux. Also, a very, very, attractive cave and tour.   Specific […]

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Know Your – Napa Grapes!

The Whites Chardonnay By volume she is the world’s most favorite wine. Some of her United States versions are fairly neutral in smell, taste, and soul.  Not really much to delve into, or reflect upon.  A vodka among white wines, unless done right.  Rare that be, domestically.  If you choose generic Chard over all else, […]

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USA, Cabernet Sauvignon (with a dash of Merlot), Pine Ridge, Rutherford, 2005

N/ Amazingly deep. Barrel room, stewed figs, nutmeg, dark plum, vanilla, sweet fresh hay – the last a bit unique for a Cab. T/ Deep, otherworldly, round voluptuous femininity. Dirty, ripe, dripping plums.  Damn good grass. After two hours transcended more toward a Bordeaux profile but did not, oddly lose, fruit forwardness. Noteworthy: distinct smell of cornhusks developed […]

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