Pine Ridge Napa Valley 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, $38.24-$54.99, 91 points, was ruled by violets, cedar, and wooly tannins, but began with a near Bordeaux color of black currant, touching the glass with a clear ring.
A profuse toasty aroma with plenty of floral notes softens after sitting for a while.
The near full body has good acidity and a bounty of floral flavors wrapped around a core of plum and licorice.
Finished long on hot spices (14.5% alcohol), a hint of cherry liqueur, and menthol which gives this wine what is necessary to be exceptional, but the QPR is personal preference, considering the many equally good Cabernet wines available, though considerably less than the comparable Whitehall Lane Napa Valley Reserve 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon.
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