When Santa Gary suggests you take a cab to Grandma’s house during the holidays, he’s not talking about Uber. I’m talking about a magnificent bottle of wine from the Napa valley, and here’s my second deal of the season: Winery priced at $54 per bottle, purchase six or more of the 2012 Pine Ridge Napa Valley Cabernet and pay just $29.99 per bottle. . .a discount of more than 44%. That will make granny or anyone else on your Christmas list beam as brightly as Rudolph’s nose.
The reason why is simple: You don’t have to be a wine savant to know that Pine Ridge Winery is one of the grand dames of winemaking in the Napa Valley, with roots dating back to the olden days of 1978. . .just two years post Judgment of Paris. The Pine Ridge web site explains the genesis of the estate:
“Pine Ridge founder Gary Andrus, inspired by the illustrious wines of Bordeaux, believed in the Napa Valley’s potential to produce wines of similar stature. He planted the property’s original namesake vineyard on a steeply terraced hillside flanked by a dramatic ridgeline of pine trees in the Stags Leap District. Today, the estate’s 200-acres span over five renowned Napa Valley appellations – Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Oakville, Carneros and Howell Mountain.”
The Pine Ridge Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is the flagship wine of the estate, with just under 12,000 cases produced. Not exactly a “boutique quantity,” but this wine is so highly sought after, demand typically far outstrips supply. Fruit is all-estate and sourced from vineyards in Stags Leap, Oakville and Rutherford AVAs.
Santa Gary knows how tasty this stuff truly is, because in the pursuit of being fully informed to prepare this email, he opened a bottle of the Pine Ridge with dinner on Sunday last. It’s Gone Girl.
Winery Tasting Notes: “Swirling with layered aromas of fresh red raspberry, blackberry pie and ripe cassis, this deep ruby wine enraptures the senses with fragrant dried violet, gingersnap, dark cocoa and sweet basil impressions. Plush and exuberant, the palate opens with red cherry, juicy boysenberry and red plum fruits that intermingle with hints of cinnamon stick and graham cracker pie crust. The complex array of flavors lasts through the lingering finish, framed by velvety tannins and echoes of cherry cordial and roasted espresso bean.”
Alcohol Level: 14.2%
Cases Produced: 12,000
Blend: 90% cabernet sauvignon; 10% petit verdot
Winemaker: Michael Beaulac
At $54 a pop, this is a wine you reserve for a special occasion. . .like Christmas. To spread the cheer widely and to minimize the sting when you open a bottle of this juice, you won’t find lower pricing—online or anywhere else—than during this single-day offer from Santa Gary.
So take a deep breath and do it. . .send me an electronic jolt by depressing the “Buy Now” button, and I’ll stow a six-pack of this juice in my sleigh. . .just for you.