| Pine Ridge Fortis 2004 750ml|
Winemaking:The FORTIS blending process represents a series of intense, exhaustive evaluations by Winemaker Stacy Clark. After undergoing malolactic fermentation, individual lots are selected for their unparalleled flavor, structure and weight. Subsequent evaluations narrow the field, revealing the crème de la crème of the vintage. Aged in 75% new French oak barrels for 14 months, FORTIS is a blend of 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 9% Malbec and 7% Petit Verdot.
Tasting Notes:The 2004 vintage is awash in lush aromas of cranberry, currant, raspberry, cherry and dried blueberry. Opulently layered with notes of tea, dark cocoa and tobacco leaf, this medium to full-bodied wine offers sweet, ripe flavors of cherry and red berries, a firm texture and silken tannins. It has exceptional concentration and endless length on a finish highlighted by berry and tobacco leaf. This wine may be enjoyed now or cellared for up to 15 years.
What does it take to make a world-class wine? Before setting out to make one of our own, we asked ourselves this fundamental question. Looking to the most esteemed winegrowing districts of France for our answer, we found that the greatest of the great embrace three principles: pride of ownership, profound stewardship of the land, and a relentless dedication to quality. These values were already reflected in our vineyard management and our winemaking-in our dense plantings, meticulous pruning, and hand harvesting; in our artistic blending and careful selection of coopers—but our goal was to surpass our best.
Building on the groundwork laid by the founders, we set out with ardor and high aims for our vineyards, our winery, and our wines. We would care for every vine as if it were our only vine and design a grape reception and sorting process second to none. Within a year of starting, we rebalanced the vines and completely revamped our grape-handling procedures. Every vintage since has been testament to the success of our viticultural and enological pursuits.