Pepper Bridge Winery Merlot 2005
from Walla Walla Valley, Washington
A blend of 86% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Malbec.
Our 2005 Merlot is a lustrous, dark-ruby color with a lovely perfume of red and black currants, cream of cassis, pain grille, pencil lead, Asian spices and wild berries. On the palate, it is a rich, layered, velvety-textured wine with complex flavors of spicy ripe black fruit, earth, and cedar. This wine has a great sense of place, beautifully balanced with a terrific, long finish.
"The Best Merlot of the Year--93 Points
Dusty, savory scents of tar and cedar complement a concentrated, sweet plum aroma. The flavors broaden into more complex terrain—dark plum, anise, clove, caramel and bread pudding flavors." The Best Merlot of the Year. 93 Points
Wine & Spirits
"The blend includes 9% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Malbec, all estate-grown. The aromas are intense and seductive, layered with flower, berry and clove. Dense and youthful, the wine has compact black fruits, streaks of smoke and a strong flavor of clove. It's a big wine, with mass and depth. The new oak is pulled back relative this winery's earlier vintages, to good effect, and the fruit can more than carry it. It changes rapidly in the glass, suggesting that once it's past its baby fat stage it will show still more complexity, while retaining an elegant precision." 91 Points
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