Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon

Since our founding in a rustic farmhouse in 1978, Pine Ridge Vineyards has been at home in the heart of Napa Valley’s Stags Leap District.

Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon

Since our founding in a rustic farmhouse in 1978, Pine Ridge Vineyards has been at home in the heart of Napa Valley’s Stags Leap District.

From the winery, you can look up to the east and see the dramatic outcropping of palisades from which the legendary stag took its final leap. We have four estate vineyards in this storied region, each with the characteristic bale clay loam soil that gives our Cabernet Sauvignon wine the powerful elegance this region is famous for.

Our steep, densely planted Stags Leap District estate has been the heart of the winery since Pine Ridge Vineyards was founded here in a farmhouse in 1978. This wine is a pure and exquisite expression of the world-famous Stags Leap District appellation.

VINEYARDS  Stags Leap District enjoys a moderate climate, influenced by San Pablo Bay. This leads to slow, even fruit development throughout the growing season. The majority of our 47 acres across four estate vineyards are densely planted with Cabernet Sauvignon and other Bordeaux-style varieties on steeply terraced hillsides. The bale clay loam soils produce very low yields of intensely flavored grapes.

HARVEST AND WINEMAKING  The fruit for this wine was harvested at an optimal level of ripeness in early October. The berries were hand harvested at night, and then carefully sorted and destemmed to tank, where fermentation took place. The wine was racked to 100 percent new French oak barrels, where it was aged for 26 months prior to bottling.

TASTING NOTES Powerful and complex, this deep garnet wine opens with alluring aromas of ripe black cherry, red raspberry, and rich dark plum that mingle with layers of cocoa powder, cassis, and black licorice. The entry is lush and silky, filling the mouth with bright flavors of strawberry preserves and red currant that lead into touches of creamy vanilla toast, dried sage leaf, and maple brown sugar on an impeccably structured finish supported by smooth, velvety tannins.

PAIRING  A classic, meaty dish such as a roasted lamb loin with grilled vegetables and romesco sauce makes a delicious partner for this multilayered, powerful bottling. This wine is equally enjoyable after dinner alongside dark chocolate truffles or a dry, aged cheese such as Montgomery Cheddar, an English raw cow’s-milk cheese.

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