The lush aromas are of black fruit, violets, and the perfect hint of baking spices.
Howell Mountain is the last vineyard we harvest, and the flavors show ripe, concentrated dark fruit like cassis and blackberry with nuances of dark chocolate, French roast coffee, and brown sugar. This robust wine is velvety smooth with a round, dense, chewy texture and lingering finish.
Two natural events persist in California, droughts and earthquakes, and in 2014 we experienced both in Napa Valley. Pine Ridge Vineyards sits on solid rock so the winery did not suffer damage during the earthquake. It was the third consecutive year of drought and the third fantastic vintage with perfectly ripe fruit coupled with high acidity. Weather overall was a bit cooler than in 2013, but conditions were excellent with no real threat to the vines. A mild winter combined with heavy rains in February and March nourished the thirsty vines and resulted in early budbreak.
The grapes were hand harvested at night, carefully sorted in the vineyard, and 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 100 percent new French oak barrels, where it was aged for 24 months prior to bottling.
This voluptuous Cabernet Sauvignon would make an apt partner for a hearty yet uncomplicated dish, such as braised short ribs with spring gremolata, or steak au poivre to complement the black pepper character of the wine. For the perfect cheese pairing, try Carr Valley Cave Aged Marisa, a sheep’s milk cheese from Wisconsin. The creamy texture and brown-butter scent will complement the flavors in the wine.