By Duane Pemberton
Winery website: http://www.pepperbridge.com/
Few wineries in the Walla Walla AVA capture more brand-name recognition than Pepper Bridge and that’s most likely because of its famous vineyards which many wineries source fruit from. Its know-how with Walla Walla Cabernet Sauvignon is extremely prevelant in this wine and its one that you should seriously seek out – it’s worth every penny.
The combination of fruit from the Seven Hills Vineyard on the Oregon side of the AVA brings with it some very killer acids and the luscious fruit from the Pepper Bridge vineyard add a ton of flavor.
- Varietal: 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 4% Malbec, 2% Petit Verdot
- Vineyard: 58% Seven Hills Vineyard, 42% Pepper Bridge Vineyard
- Appellation: 100% Walla Walla Valley
- Oak Program: 100% French oak; 48% new, 52% used
- Time in Barrels: 20 months
- Harvest Date: September 16 through October 9, 2008
- Brix at Harvest: 25.8
- Total Acidity: 0.56 g/ml
- pH: 3.82
- Finished Alcohol: 14.1% by volume
- Total Production: 2,266 (9L) cases & 60 cases of magnums
- Bottling Date: June 16 & 17, 2010
- Release Date: May 5, 2011
- Suggested Retail Price: $55.00
Nose: A nearly perfect combination of red and black fruits going on here with a bit of dirt thrown into the mix and I’m loving it. I get black cherries, raspberries, licorice, baseball mit, tobacco, dark chocolate and spice.
Taste: The fruit up front is amazingly fresh yet reserved and doesn’t overpower – this cab screams elegance all the way. The mid palate presents still youthfull tannins which are well complimented by stellar acids and fruit. The finish is about as spot-on as any Washington Cab I’ve ever had can be- it’s long, refreshing and pairs exceptionally well with beef, lamb, game or buffalo.