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  The ruby/black color of this wine tells you it is pure Cabernet Sauvignon. Aromas of floral sweet pea, sun-ripened plums, sweet oak, mushroom, and wet earth leap from the glass. The bold, rich, mouth-filling flavors of blackberry, black licorice, espresso, and cocoa powder combine with juicy acidity, tobacco, and tea tannins. Enjoy this well-structured, complex, and layered wine with a silky, lingering finish for years to come.

PAIRING  A classic dish like steak Diane pairs beautifully with this supple, fruit-forward Cabernet Sauvignon. The refinement and approachability of the Stags Leap Cabernet Sauvignon also pair well with a Sunday roast pork with root vegetables. For the perfect cheese course, Abbaye de Belloc, produced by Benedictine monks, is among the most elegant and silky of aged sheep’s milk cheeses, with hints of brown butter, toasted nuts, and caramel. This pairing is a good example of a wine and cheese of similar intensity.

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