For more than 45 years, Pine Ridge Vineyards has been crafting acclaimed wines in the heart of the Stags Leap District of Napa Valley, just off the region’s renowned Silverado Trail. Our Traveler’s Series goes beyond the trail and marries our decades-long experience producing authentic Cabernet Sauvignon with our intimate knowledge of the variety’s diverse terroir, putting us in a position to explore a new expression that honors our winemaking legacy. Our Traveler’s Series is our most readily accessible Cabernet Sauvignon, with layers of juicy fruit and a soft texture, crafted in a classic Pine Ridge style.
Our relationships rooted in Napa Valley led us on a path to discover hidden gems in neighboring winegrowing regions, like Solano and Sonoma counties, where high quality Cabernet may go unnoticed. With guidance from our Viticulture Director Gustavo Aviña, and the expertise of our Pine Ridge winemaking team, we ventured off the trail and made some surprising discoveries.
During our explorations, we not only found superior quality fruit but also encountered a vineyard owner in Solano County who happened to be an old friend of Gustavo’s, originally from Napa. On that very day, our team secured fruit from this remarkable site for the next vintage with a simple handshake, which has now become the foundation of our Traveler’s Series blend – a wine that showcases a distinctive expression of these vineyards beyond the trail in Solano, Sonoma, and Napa, our winery home.
Drawing upon our highly skilled winemaking team, we crafted this wine using up to seven premiere vineyards, with 47% coming from Solano County, 29% from Sonoma County, and 24% from our winery home in Napa County.
After fermentation and 12 months ageing in 40% new oak, all our separate vineyard lots were meticulously blended with the aim to create a wine with layers of fruit, complexity, plush texture and approachable upon release.
Our inaugural release opens with inviting aromas of chocolate covered strawberry, complemented by subtle notes of blueberry and mocha. The palate is filled with juicy red fruits, such as pomegranate and raspberry, which become more pronounced as the wine opens up. The addition of baking spices adds depth and complexity alongside firm yet well-integrated tannins balanced by a lifted acidity that adds length to the intriguing finish.
With layers of fruit and firm tannins, this wine is a natural pairing with grilled meats and fire-roasted vegetables, and fowl cooked over an open fire.
Our Traveler’s Series is bottled in the lightest weight glass available equaling to a 34% reduction in carbon compared to other heavy wine glass bottles.
At Pine Ridge Vineyards, we are committed to being carbon neutral by 2050 and have taken immediate action to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions, improve our land stewardship, protect biodiversity, and continue to be a socially responsible, locally-engaged winery. We are honored to take part in a number of sustainable programs that provide a pathway to reduce our carbon footprint, including using lightweight glass bottles.