Pine Ridge Winery Stags Leap
Founded in 1978, this is now a relatively large property producing just mid- to premium-range wines. There are some 80 ha (200 acres) planted in 16 different vineyard locations throughout the Napa Valley. Indeed, estate-grown grapes account for some 95% of the winery’s production. The focus is mainly on the Bordeaux varieties. Cabernet Sauvignon now comes from Oakville and Howell Mountain as well as Rutherford and Stags Leap and there is a Cave 7 label with a touch of Malbec. A rare and well-priced blend of Chenin Blanc and Viognier is cool-fermented to emphasise its fruit. Carneros is increasingly important for Chardonnay and a premium example Le Petit Clos (£F) is also made. Onyx, is also unusual for California, a blend of Merlot, Malbec and Tannat (most commonly associated with the dark wines of Madiran). Three other cuvées, blends of the Bordeaux varieties, are the well-priced Charmstone and Tessitura as well as the pricier Fortis (£G) . The fine meritage Andrus Reserve (the latest release was 2006, is sourced from close-planted estate vineyards in the Mayacamas. Aged in 100% high-toast new oak with malolactic fermentation in barrel, this is a spicy, big, and youthfully backward wine. A Petit Verdot is also released and there is a super premium Cabernet Sauvignon (£H), Epitome which is released only in exceptional years. (DM)
To find out more about Pine Ridge and their wines, and to see how we reviewed and rated their wines you can check out the Wine Guide Napa and Carneros..
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