Pine Ridge winery makes stellar Cabs from their vineyards in the Stags Leap District of Napa Valley. Branching out to the slightly more affordable realm, they’ve created Forefront. A large portion (44%) of the grapes actually come from Napa and you’ll taste that immediately, but they’re sourcing additional fruit including Syrah from Lake County and Petit Verdot to give this wine zest and complexity. The blend goes like this: 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Syrah, 3% Malbec,
2% Cabernet Franc, 1% Merlot and 1% Petit Verdot. The lots were all vinified separately and aged in 50% new French oak barrels for 5 months. It shows lush flavors of blackberry, plum, cedar and mocha, with the character and complexity you’d expect on a wine costing twice the price. On Sale!