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Forefront By Pine Ridge Vineyards Pinot Noir San Luis Obispo & Monterey Counties 2013

External Review by We Speak Wine:

THE WINE: Sourced from diverse vineyards located on the western edge of the Central Coast of California, the defining characteristic is coastal influence. San Luis Obispo County grapes from the west side of Paso Robles and pristine vineyards in Edna Valley provide a base of dense, black fruit and spice notes. With its loamy soils and cool maritime climate, Monterey County adds impeccable balance, layered red berry fruit and clean minerality. THE WINEMAKING: Picked by hand in the cool of the coastal night, these grapes were hand-sorted before being destemmed with a high percentage of whole berries into stainless steel open-top fermentors. After a short cold soak, the fermentation took place with peak temperatures of 82° F to retain fresh fruit aromatics. The wine was then carefully transferred to French oak barriques where it aged for 8 months prior to bottling. THE FLAVOR PROFILE: A dazzling bouquet of juicy red cherry and ripe strawberry fruit woven amongst touches of dried rose petal and ground nutmeg rise from the glass. Brilliant acidity and impeccable balance characterize the full, ripe palate, filled with flavors of supple red raspberry and cherry pie filling, lingering through the velvety finish and accented by hints of briar, cinnamon stick and brown sugar. - Winery

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Pine Ridge Vineyard:
With meticulous attention to detail and a knowledge developed over 30 years of continuity, Pine Ridge Vineyards produces hand-crafted Chardonnays and Bordeaux blends that showcase 225 acres of estate vineyards across the Napa Valley. Poised and balanced, these finely-crafted wines reflect a distinctly classic style, serving as an elegant complement to food today or aging gracefully into th... Read more
With meticulous attention to detail and a knowledge developed over 30 years of continuity, Pine Ridge Vineyards produces hand-crafted Chardonnays and Bordeaux blends that showcase 225 acres of estate vineyards across the Napa Valley. Poised and balanced, these finely-crafted wines reflect a distinctly classic style, serving as an elegant complement to food today or aging gracefully into the future. Visit us in the heart of Napa Valley's Stags Leap district to taste our award-winning wines, schedule a tour of our Cabernet caves or a food and wine pairing seminar, or have us host your next business event. Read less

External Reviews for Forefront By Pine Ridge Vineyards Pinot Noir San Luis Obispo & Monterey Counties

External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
04/10/2015

THE WINE: Sourced from diverse vineyards located on the western edge of the Central Coast of California, the defining characteristic is coastal influence. San Luis Obispo County grapes from the west side of Paso Robles and pristine vineyards in Edna Valley provide a base of dense, black fruit and spice notes. With its loamy soils and cool maritime climate, Monterey County adds impeccable balance, layered red berry fruit and clean minerality. THE WINEMAKING: Picked by hand in the cool of the coastal night, these grapes were hand-sorted before being destemmed with a high percentage of whole berries into stainless steel open-top fermentors. After a short cold soak, the fermentation took place with peak temperatures of 82° F to retain fresh fruit aromatics. The wine was then carefully transferred to French oak barriques where it aged for 8 months prior to bottling. THE FLAVOR PROFILE: A dazzling bouquet of juicy red cherry and ripe strawberry fruit woven amongst touches of dried rose petal and ground nutmeg rise from the glass. Brilliant acidity and impeccable balance characterize the full, ripe palate, filled with flavors of supple red raspberry and cherry pie filling, lingering through the velvety finish and accented by hints of briar, cinnamon stick and brown sugar. - Winery


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
07/20/2017

THE WINE: Sourced from diverse vineyards located on the western edge of the Central Coast of California, the defining characteristic is coastal influence. San Luis Obispo County grapes from the west side of Paso Robles and pristine vineyards in Edna Valley provide a base of dense, black fruit and spice notes. With its loamy soils and cool maritime climate, Monterey County adds impeccable balance, layered red berry fruit and clean minerality. THE WINEMAKING: Picked by hand in the cool of the coastal night, these grapes were hand-sorted before being destemmed with a high percentage of whole berries into stainless steel open-top fermentors. After a short cold soak, the fermentation took place with peak temperatures of 82° F to retain fresh fruit aromatics. The wine was then carefully transferred to French oak barriques where it aged for 8 months prior to bottling. THE FLAVOR PROFILE: A dazzling bouquet of juicy red cherry and ripe strawberry fruit woven amongst touches of dried rose petal and ground nutmeg rise from the glass. Brilliant acidity and impeccable balance characterize the full, ripe palate, filled with flavors of supple red raspberry and cherry pie filling, lingering through the velvety finish and accented by hints of briar, cinnamon stick and brown sugar. - Winery ** Only 8 in Stock **


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2012 12/11/2014

The Wine: Sourced from diverse vineyards located on the western edge of the Central Coast of California, the defining characteristic is coastal influence. San Luis Obispo County grapes from the west side of Paso Robles and pristine vineyards in Edna Valley provide a base of dense, black fruit and spice notes. With its loamy soils and cool maritime climate, Monterey County adds impeccable balance, layered red berry fruit and clean minerality. - Winery THE WINEMAKING: Picked by hand in the cool of the coastal night, these grapes were hand-sorted at the winery before being destemmed into stainless open-top fermentors. After a short cold soak, the juice was inoculated with a mix of native and premium cultured yeasts and fermented for 8 to 14 days. The caps were punched down twice a day by hand to gently extract color and flavor. The wine was then carefully transferred to oak barrels for malolactic fermentation and aging. THE FLAVOR PROFILE: Brilliant aromas of juicy red cherry and strawberry rhubarb pie amid hints of sweet briar and subtle cinnamon delight the nose. The palate teems with luscious blueberry, raspberry and vivid cherry fruit. Vibrant acidity and faultless balance characterize the lush palate. The wine finishes smoothly with hints of ground clove, wildflower honey and bramble berry with a meandering, graceful finish. Appellation: 60% San Luis Obispo (20% Edna Valley) 40% Monterey



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