A Wine Club For Katy
Pine Ridge is one of the fabulous few to reside in the Stags Leap AVA, and its location couldn’t be more perfect. Terraced vines up the hillside, topped by a… you guessed it… ridge of pine trees, with the tasting room and caves built into the hillside. They also have a lovely garden, which they use in the summertime for parties, and which even in winter always has some pretty things growing (who knew that I love ornamental cabbage?).
I first visited this winery in January 2008, on my first Napa wine tasting vacation, and I was sold. The location was gorgeous, and the wine was universally outstanding. My favorite wines there have always been their big, lush, layered cab blends, which usually have a high enough percentage of cab sauv to be labeled as such, but which have blend-specific names. They were making several blends at that time, including Andrus, Charmstone, and Onyx, and they would do the same blend several years in a row.
They don’t make Andrus anymore (in fact, they’re just now releasing some 2006 Andrus Reserve, the last of the Andrusses(?)), and I think Onyx production stopped with 2011 – correct me if I’m wrong, please – and they’re still making a little bit of Charmstone, I think! The newer blends seem to be in an even higher price range, and I’m definitely not skilled at anticipating exactly what effects age will have on younger vintages, so we haven’t stocked up on many yet.
I also like their single appellation Cabernet Sauvignons. We’ve enjoyed the Rutherford and Oakville Cabs at recent wine club parties, but I think the Stags Leap District Cab has been our favorite these days. It’s been fun to follow the changes and developments at Pine Ridge for the last seven years, here’s to many more!