Sage Ridge Vineyard
96+ Points RP
Situated in the hills above Lake Hennessey, the high-altitude, sun-drenched Sage Ridge Vineyards wind- and rain-battered mountaintop soils possess little nutrition, so the vines struggle mightily. This results in extraordinarily complex fruit, and it shows in a Cabernet of youthful exuberance, with all the markings of a Napa wine destined for a long life. There is a lovely red-fruited element, like wild strawberries and raspberries, with dried herbs and floral notes giving lift to the nose, and evolving to show more like black tea on the palate.
In the nostalgic and liberating tone of Morgan Freeman, reflecting on the essence of the vineyard and the wine:
“In a place where time seems to stand still, high above Lake Hennessey, lies a vineyard like no other. It’s here, amidst the fog-laden mountainside of Napa Valley, that the Cabernet Sauvignon finds its truest expression. This wine, the 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Sage Ridge Vineyard, is a masterpiece, a culmination of nature’s artistry and human endeavor.
The vineyard itself is a sight to behold, perched atop those rolling hills and knolls, with views that stretch endlessly into the horizon. Each vine, planted on steep hillsides and terraces, tells a story of survival and resilience. Some cling so close to the edge, defying gravity and expectation, thriving against all odds. It’s a testament to the vigor of life, to the enduring strength of nature.
This wine, which garnered a remarkable 97 points from a major critic, is the highest achievement of this storied vineyard. Its deep garnet-purple color is reminiscent of the early morning hues that paint the Napa sky, a symbol of hope and a new day dawning.
Its scents – blackcurrants, black cherries, fragrant earth, whispers of cedar, rose oil, espresso, and Provence herbs – are as intricate and diverse as the landscape from which they sprang. Each aroma is a note in a symphony of sensory experiences, a harmony of nature’s finest offerings.
On the palate, this wine is a journey through the essence of the vineyard. Full-bodied, with a firm, muscular structure, it speaks of the robust soil and the dynamic climate that cradle these vines. The seamless freshness mirrors the clear, crisp air that envelopes the hills, while the long, earthy finish is a gentle reminder of the land’s deep connection to the wine.
This Cabernet Sauvignon is more than just a wine; it’s a narrative of a place, a story of struggle, beauty, and triumph. It’s about finding comfort in the familiar, liberation in the act of creation, and nostalgia in the taste of the earth. Like the precious memory of a cherished friend, this wine is a reminder of the enduring beauty and resilience of the human spirit, a celebration of the extraordinary heights we can reach when we dare to dream.”