Deep within the hillside on the Pine Ridge estate lies nearly a mile of caves in which we store our treasured wines. Tucked away farthest into the mountainside is Cave 7, the most secluded wing of the system. We present to you a Cabernet Sauvignon that expresses depth, richness and complexity worthy of its namesake.
The fruit for our 2010 Cave 7 Cabernet Sauvignon was specially chosen from a collection of our favorite vineyards across our 200 acres of estate property. The majority of this vintage’s grapes were sourced from our select blocks in Oakville as well as the winery’s home Stags Leap District vineyard.
HARVEST & WINEMAKING
The 2010 vintage was cooler than usual during the growing season, but ended with a heat wave. As a result, the fruit for this wine was harvested at an optimal level of ripeness late September through mid-October. Fermentation took place at a high temperature to ensure that maximum extraction was achieved before the wine was racked to 30% new French oak barrels. The wine was aged in barrel for a total of 18 months before bottling.
Deep ruby-black in the glass, this wine presents an intricately-woven and fragrant bouquet abounding with fresh fruit notes of sweet red cherry, crisp raspberry and crushed blackberry, infused with wisps of salted toffee, spun sugar and vanilla toast. The ample palate opens with a rush of sweet red plum and blueberry preserves, highlighted by notes of fine baker’s cocoa, espresso bean and sweet vanilla oak that linger through the velvety finish, supported by supple tannins.
Complex and elegant, this wine would make a handsome pairing for a simple yet ample dish, such as a crispy roast goose with potato confit. This opulent wine would also dazzle the palate when paired with a rich, nutty cheese like Gruyére.