1997 Pine Ridge "Andrus Reserve" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Starts off with a classy bouquet of blackberry liqueur, coffee and nicely integrated oak. The fruit is very dense—almost overripe—but still delicious, with prune, dark chocolate and cocoa. Feels plush and suave on the tongue, and the juicy plum-cocoa finish goes on and on. Interesting, almost atypical in some ways, but harmonious and complete.
Strives for complexity and delivers an elegant, supple range of currant, plum, cedar, spice and floral flavors. Turns intense and firms up on the finish.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
There are 914 cases of this proprietary blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Malbec, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot. Dark ruby/purple-colored, with a restrained nose of primarily toasty oak, this medium-bodied offering is made in an elegant, delicately-nuanced style. With moderately sweet tannin as well as a compressed finish, it exhibits moderate quantities of attractive leather, cedar, black cherry, and currant flavors. While harmonious, it is an understated, subtle wine... (RP)