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Forefront 2007 Cabernet


I recently found a new Cabernet Sauvignon that is a second label of Pine Ridge called Forefront.  I am not sure if tough economic times are the reason for the second label from Pine Ridge, or simply a new venture for the well known Napa Winery, but regardless of the reason I am a fan.   The Forefront Cabernet is an excellent full bodied everyday drinking wine under $20 that offers the quality you would expect from a wine that Pine Ridge would put their name on.  And yes, unlike some other wineries that produce second labels with no mention of their original name, Pine Ridge proudly announces on the Forefront label that they are the producer; another sign of pride in quality.  The wine is a Bordeaux style Cabernet blended with grapes sourced from various regions.  From the Napa area is 78% Cabernet, 5% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot , 1% Cabernet Franc and 1% Malbec, plus 13% Syrah from El Dorado and San Luis Obispo. The result is a fruit forward, very complex, full bodied wine with soft tannins that make the wine very approachable and easy to drink.  Along with the ripe berries, there are hints of lavender and oak nuances.  To me this is the type of everyday wine that one searches for, kudos to Pine Ridge!

In addition to the Cabernet Sauvignon, the Forefront label also offers a Pinot Noir and a Sauvignon Blanc according to the Forefront Website.  I have not yet tried the other two varietals, but I do highly recommend that you try the Cabernet Sauvignon and fully expect that the other two varietals will be as equally pleasing.

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