Pine Ridge Vineyards
2008 "Onyx" Napa Valley Red Wine
California: Napa Valley
Oh, happy day! Today we are thrilled to welcome Pine Ridge Vineyards back - with one of their most intriguing and exciting wines. Pine Ridge’s 2008 “Onyx” Napa Valley Red Wine is a wonderful red blend that truly blew us away.
Pine Ridge wines are always impressive, but today’s blend of 33% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Malbec, 22% Tannat, 12% Cabernet Franc, 10% Petit Verdot and 1% Merlot is something very special. This unique red blend is rich, lush and elegant on the palate and aromatic on the nose.
If you love Pine Ridge wines - or amazing red blends - please consider this fantastic wine.
Drink now through 2018.
Deep, dark, vivid plum, with near perfect diffusion from heart to edge.
Subtle and reserved upon initial pour, this wine blossoms after opening to reveal robust aromas of grilled plum, blueberry compote, sea salt caramel, imperial balsamic vinegar, cedar wood shavings, sweet tobacco and subtle lavender.
Just as complex, lush, and rich on the palate as on the nose, this wine leads with a mixed dark fruit compote of plum, blackberry, and boysenberry. Elegantly playing off these fruity notes are flavors of aged leather, subtle tobacco leaf, sweet spice, and dark chocolate-covered espresso bean.
With the classic intensity of a bold Bordeaux blend, the dark fruit transitions into a long-drying and well structured finish.
We would recommend that this bold, daring red wine be paired with something equally as robust, such as a classic French Pot-au-Feu of beef tri tip, golden potatoes, root vegetables, and finely chopped fresh tarragon to pull it all together.
What the Winery Says
The nearly opaque, dark garnet color of this wine, as well as its name, hints at the depth and intensity in the glass. To the nose, this wine offers waves of dark stewed black plum, boysenberry and pomegranate fruits mingled with black licorice spice, milk chocolate and subtle cedar. Equally concentrated is the palate, which rushes with cooked raspberry, fresh blackberry and red plum preserves among hints of white pepper and dark cocoa. The persistent finish is supported by firm tannins and a velvety touch of briar spice.
- Michael Beaulac
- Napa Valley, California
- 18 months in 50% French oak barrels
- Varietal Blend
- 33% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Malbec, 22% Tannat, 12% Cabernet Franc, 10% Petit Verdot, 1% Merlot
About the Winery
Poised, balanced and classically proportioned, the expressive wines born from our estate vineyards spanning the Napa Valley reflect a distinctive Old World approach to winemaking coupled with a commitment to future sustainability and innovation.
The desire to uncover and showcase the exceptional qualities of the diverse estate vineyards that span 200-acres across five appellations is the core of the Pine Ridge winemaking philosophy. A thirty year relationship with the land brings a deeply layered knowledge of the specific climates, soils and vines of each vineyard. Over the years, a deep knowledge and savoir-faire has developed of which rootstocks do best in each respective vineyard, specific block requirements to produce the most optimal fruit and what each vineyard contributes to the flavor profile of the wines. Every season brings new knowledge and understanding to apply and continuously fine tune the entire growing and production process in order to encourage the fruit – and the wines – a purity of flavor distinct to their site.