Californian Cabernet 2010: panel tasting results
Pine Ridge Vineyards, Stags Leap District, Napa Valley
Decanter average score: 18.5pts/20 (95/100pts)
Individual judges’ scores: Stephen Brook 18.5 Pierre Mansour 18.5 Angela Mount 18.5
Pine Ridge has been one of those quiet Napa pioneers since its founding by Gary Andrus in 1978. Over the objections of neighbours, he used the Stags Leap District designation on bottles of a Chenin Blanc-Viognier blend when few consumers knew of either grape. Now the linchpin of the publicly listed Crimson Wine Group, it remains committed to the area, maintaining four estate plantings across 19ha, from which this bottle was made. While the winery has expanded its production to efforts from across Napa and beyond, this remains the wine closest to home, so to speak.
Stephen Brook: Medium-bodied but concentrated, with firm yet refined tannins and refreshing acidity. This has tension and lift, and considerable purity of fruit. Not hugely structured but beautifully textured, balanced and long.
Pierre Mansour: Spice, tobacco and a cedary Cabernet character, which is very attractive. A beautifully structured palate with delicious fruit supported by velvety, ripe tannins. Really complete wine with lots of class.
Angela Mount: Savoury and more restrained in style than lighter and fresher. The palate has an attractive liveliness of bold red fruits, with softer tannins and oak usage. Younger drinking, and with a delicious core of vibrant freshness.
Price: POA Liberty Wines, Slurp
Drink 2014 - 2028