2017 Pine Ridge Napa Cabernet Sauvignon
2017 Pine Ridge Napa Cabernet Sauvignon Winemaker Notes: The fruit for this vintage was chosen from Pine Ridge’s premier vineyard sites throughout the Napa Valley, mainly the Rutherford and Oakville appellations. The bright, ripe fruit and substantial mouthfeel that characterize this complex bottling are a direct result of the meticulous care and attention to detail paid by their vineyard workers to the vines.
The season began with rain that refilled reservoirs and replenished soils, a welcome relief after an extended drought. Harvest started early at a normal pace in many regions and then progressed rapidly during a heat wave in late August and early September. Cooling temperatures in mid-September slowed the harvest and allowed red grapes to ripen gradually. The grapes were hand harvested at night, carefully sorted in the vineyard, then brought to the cellar and destemmed. Following a cold soak, fermentation occurred at a high temperature to ensure maximum extraction was achieved. The wine was racked to 50 percent new American oak barrels, where it was aged for 18 months prior to bottling.
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Pine Ridge Vineyards has been a leader in crafting iconic Cabernet Sauvignon wines from Stags Leap District since 1978. Our winery lies tucked beneath a ridge of pines, with a full view of the rugged outcropping of palisades that speak to the dramatic geologic origins of our home and its world-famous soils. Today, our estate vineyards span four additional appellations within Napa Valley — Howell Mountain, Oakville, Rutherford, and Carneros —and they are dedicated to producing powerful expressions of each distinct terroir.
Their winery and all of their estate vineyards are Napa Green Certified, with a fully customized conservation program for each site to encourage and protect biodiversity.