Pine Ridge Vineyards was established in 1978 in the Stags Leap District of Napa Valley. It is only natural that this respected Cabernet Sauvignon producer would craft a Rosé using Napa Valley’s most celebrated grape varieties. This wine was previously offered under the Encantado name.
Pine Ridge was one of the first wineries to pair French Dijon clones with the cool Carneros terroir. Our estate vineyards in this fog-shrouded region enjoy a long growing season, allowing the development of intense tropical fruit and citrus flavors. The result is a California Chardonnay that is stylistically original, a perfect marriage of both French and California winemaking techniques. Our Collines Vineyard benefits from cool, foggy mornings and afternoon breezes from nearby San Pablo Bay. These conditions are ideal for growing Chardonnay and contribute to a slow and even rate of fruit maturity, leading to optimal balance of sugar and acid. This 38-acre vineyard is planted with devigorating rootstock and features a number of Dijon clones, including 76, 95, 96, and 548, which tend to yield high acidity.
For more than 20 years, Pine Ridge Vineyards has produced a white wine blend containing Chenin Blanc—a crisp white variety that originated in France’s Loire Valley. Our winemaking team has created a very limited-production lot to showcase this elegant variety, grown in the Clarksburg appellation, home to California’s premier Chenin Blanc grapes. Chenin Blanc grapes have high acidity and need plenty of sun to ripen and produce delicious fruit flavors. Cool Delta breezes and warm summer days in Clarksburg contribute to a long, dry growing season with a slow and even rate of fruit maturity, leading to an optimal balance of sugar and acid and an outstanding intensity of fruit flavors.
In 1986, we added the Howell Mountain appellation, with our nine-acre Los Posadas vineyard, which sits at an elevation of 2,000 feet. The site’s rocky, well-drained volcanic soils force vines to dig deep for water and nutrients; as a result, the vines produce small, intensely flavored berries that impart voluptuous fruit character and remarkable structure to the wine. Our nine-acre Las Posadas vineyard sits at an elevation of 2,000 feet above sea level and features southeast-facing plantings. The rocky, well-drained volcanic soils force the vines to dig deep for water and nutrients, producing small, intensely flavored berries. Despite strong afternoon sun, the climate tends to be cool because of the altitude, and acidity is maintained throughout ripening.
Charmstones have long been thought to possess mystical powers. Our limited-production wine by the same name is a beautiful Bordeaux-style blend that expresses the natural magic of the Napa Valley. Fruit was harvested from our vineyards in a handful of the Napa Valley’s most renowned appellations. Known for their distinct terroir, these appellations impart their unique characteristics in the fruit, contributing to Charmstone’s overall complexity.
The Oakville appellation spans the Napa Valley from the Vaca Mountains in the east to the Mayacamas in the west. Within this storied terroir, our 25-acre Dos Olivos Vineyard—so named for the two stately olive trees that guard its entrance—has moderate temperatures and well-drained gravel and clay soils that yield Cabernet Sauvignon of exceptional structure and balance. In conjunction with our attentive farming practices, the terroir creates ideal conditions for the production of deeply fruited and well-extracted Cabernet Sauvignons.
Deep within the hillside on the Pine Ridge estate lies nearly a mile of caves where 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 the depth, richness, and complexity worthy of its namesake. The fruit for our Cave 7 Cabernet Sauvignon was specially chosen from a collection of our favorite vineyards across our estate vineyards. The majority of this vintage’s grapes were sourced from select blocks in two subappellations of Napa Valley.
Petit Verdot is often a component of Bordeaux-style blends, but is less often offered as a single-variety wine. Our Stags Leap District estate vineyards produce Petit Verdot fruit of such exceptional quality that some vintages simply demand to be bottled.
FORTIS is the pinnacle of our winemaking at Pine Ridge Vineyards, an intense, ultra-reserve Cabernet Sauvignon that represents the finest blocks of each vintage. Because we source FORTIS from throughout our 160 estate acres—sites that span five of Napa Valley’s finest appellations including Stags Leap District, Howell Mountain, Oakville, Rutherford, and Carneros—the appellation composition of the wine varies from year to year, showcasing the full range of classic, balanced Napa Valley expression. For this special bottling, only the best blocks of the most outstanding fruit are selected from our 160 acres of estate vineyards across Napa Valley. The appellation composition of this wine varies from one vintage to the next, depending upon the performance and character of each vineyard.
The fruit for this vintage was chosen from our 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 our vineyard workers to the vines.
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 AVA. The Stags Leap District’s moderate temperature, influenced by the San Pablo Bay, leads to slow, even fruit development throughout the growing season. The majority of our 47 acres across four estate vineyards in this region are densely planted with Cabernet Sauvignon and other Bordeaux varieties on steeply terraced hillsides with Bale clay-loam soils, resulting in very low yields of intensely flavored grapes.
Pine Ridge Vineyards is proud to own 57 estate acres within this appellation, including the Rutherford Ridge Vineyard. The area’s hallmark gravelly loam soils and moderate temperatures deliver fruit-forward Cabernet Sauvignon with outstanding balance and elegance.