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ForeFront Wines by Pine Ridge Vineyards Launched

28 October, 2009

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ForeFront Wines by Pine Ridge Vineyards launched

Saluting a spirit of exploration

October 28, 2009 - Napa, CA - A series of three new wines christened ForeFront have been released appropriately during harvest 2009 by the Crimson Wine Group, consisting of sister wineries Pine Ridge Vineyards (Napa Valley), Chamisal Vineyards  (Edna Valley) and Archery Summit (Willamette Valley). Inspired by the spirit of wine industry pioneer Gary Andrus who, together with his wife Nancy, established Pine Ridge Vineyards in 1978 in the legendary district of Stags Leap in Napa Valley, as well as Archery Summit Vineyards in Willamette Valley in 1993.  The wines are infused with the same foresight and innovation that the Andruses brought to the wine FF_BottleShot_smindustry in its nascent days in the U.S. market. The Andruses were among the first to encourage tight vine spacing in the vineyard, implement gravity flow in the cellar, and hire a female winemaker in the 1970s, among many other innovations that have now become industry standards.

Not bound by convention or geographic boundaries, the sourcing for these wines includes a diverse selection of top American Viticultural Areas (AVAs) up and down the west coast, including the Napa Valley where Pine Ridge has established its reputation, the Willamette Valley, Dry Creek, El Dorado and the Edna Valley, where Chamisal Vineyards was the first vineyard planted in the region.   The portfolio of ForeFront wines includes a Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir.  Attractively priced in the $16-$24 per 750 ml bottle range, these wines offer the quality and reputation of the winemaking at Pine Ridge, at a price point that makes these wines accessible every day.

The 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon from one of the best vintages in three decades in California is blended with Syrah from El Dorado and Edna Valley as well as small amounts of classic Bordeaux varieties sourced from the 225 estate acres from five different AVAs owned by Pine Ridge in Napa. The diversity of appellations and varieties combine to create a wine that is thoroughly modern in style and complex in structure. The 2008 Sauvignon Blanc is a blend of fruit from the Dry Creek and Napa AVAs which offer contrasting styles that ultimately serve a Sauvignon Blanc well, namely distinct aromatics, racy acidity and a rich mouth feel.  The 2008 Pinot Noir, 100% Willamette Valley sourced, primarily the Dundee Hills AVA, is a classic expression of Oregon Pinot Noir with an emphasis on red fruits and supple tannins.  For more information on the wines including a video overview please visit

Crafted by noted winemaker Michael Beaulac, who is at the home vineyard of Pine Ridge, these wines express the art of blending and the deep knowledge that Beaulac has working with these varietals in over 20 years of winemaking at Laurier, Murphy Goode, Markham and most recently St. Supery.  These wines are being released this October in select US markets including CA, NY, NJ, TX, MA, FL, IL, MN, AZ, CO, GA, NV, OR, MI, OH, DC, SC and NC with a national rollout expected over the next year.

For samples, images and media information, please contact Kendall Johnson at Charles Communications Associates or 415 701 9463