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Pepper Bridge Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Cabernet Sauvignon from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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14.6% ABV
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14.6% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Cassis and framboise dominate the nose on this vintage. Exotic Moroccan spice leads to notes of black and blue fruit cobbler. Black currant is front and center on the palate, showing off the brightness of tart fruit with dark undertones, mingling with hints of eucalyptus. The harmonious combination of acidity and rich tannins give this wine a long finish that will stay with you long after you put down your glass.

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JS 92
James Suckling
This has an impressive tannin structure and depth. Bold chocolate and dark berries. Assertive yet polished. A class act. Drink or hold.
WW 92
Wilfred Wong of Wine.com
COMMENTARY: Unless you have been living under a rock, you will have known by now that Walla Walla Valley in eastern Washington State has become one of world's Cabernet Sauvignon hot spots. The 2014 Pepper Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon is a major success and an incredible value in the marketplace. TASTING NOTES: This wine is full, yet balanced, and exquisitely built. Its aromas and flavors of bold, ripe fruit, seductive oak nuances, and suggestion of mint make it a prime matching candidate with a juicy grilled ribeye. (Tasted: October 24, 2018, San Francisco, CA)
RP 91
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Peppery Bridge's 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon (83% Cabernet Sauvignon, with smaller amounts of Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot) is a classic Cabernet that has lots of perfumed herbs, flowers and darker currants and plum fruit. Rich, mouth-filling and beautifully textured, like just about every 2014, it's already drinking nicely, yet it's going to keep for 15+ years.
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Pepper Bridge Winery

Pepper Bridge Winery

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Pepper Bridge Winery, Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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Pepper Bridge Winery produces Bordeaux-style wines from its mature estate vineyards. The family ownership of Norm McKibben, Ray Goff and Jean-François Pellet are trailblazers in the wine community. Winemaker Jean-François Pellet blends his unique viticultural and winemaking skills with science and art to create distinctive, terroir-driven wines with a focus on quality and commitment to sustainability. Using traditional winemaking techniques, 100% French oak and 100% estate fruit from the Walla Walla Valley AVA, Pepper Bridge wines are collectibles that showcase complexity, structure and balance. Combining old-world philosophy with modern innovation, the brand has become an industry leader in crafting ultra-premium wines.

Walla Walla Valley

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Responsible for some of Washington’s most highly acclaimed wines, the Walla Walla Valley has experienced a surge in popularity in recent years and is home to both historic wineries and younger, up-and-coming producers.

The Walla Walla Valley, a Native American name meaning “many waters,” is located in southeastern Washington; part of the appellation actually extends into Oregon. Soils here are well-drained, sandy loess over Missoula Flood deposits and fractured basalt.

It is a region perfectly suited to Rhône-inspired Syrahs, distinguished by savory notes of red berry, black olive, smoke and fresh earth. Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot create a range of styles from smooth and supple to robust and well-structured. White varieties are rare but some producers blend Sauvignon Blanc with Sémillon, resulting in a rich and round style, and plantings of Viognier, while minimal, are often quite successful.

Of note within Walla Walla, is one new and very peculiar appellation, called the Rocks District of Milton-Freewater. This is the only AVA in the U.S. whose boundaries are totally defined by the soil type. Soils here look a bit like those in the acclaimed Rhône region of Chateauneuf-du-Pape, but are large, ancient, basalt cobblestones. These stones work in the same way as they do in Chateauneuf, absorbing and then radiating the sun's heat up to enhance the ripening of grape clusters. The Rocks District is within the part of Walla Walla that spills over into Oregon and naturally excels in the production of Rhône varieties like Syrah, as well as the Bordeaux varieties.

Cabernet Sauvignon

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A noble variety bestowed with both power and concentration, Cabernet Sauvignon enjoys success all over the globe. Inherently high in tannins and acidity, the best bottlings of Cabernet can age beautifully, with the ability to last fifty years or more. Cabernet Sauvignon flourishes in temperate climates like Bordeaux's Medoc region and forms the base of the Medoc reds, which are typically mostly Cabernet with Merlot and smaller amounts of some combination of Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot. (Enjoying a great deal of success in various regions around the world, this blend is now globally referred to as a Bordeaux Blend.) Cabernet Sauvignon from the Napa Valley is responsible for some of the world’s most prestigious, age-worthy and sought-after “cult” wines.

In the Glass

High in color, tannin and extract, Cabernet Sauvignon expresses notes of blackberry, cassis, plum, currant, spice and tobacco. In Bordeaux and elsewhere in the Old World you'll find the more earthy, tannic side of Cabernet, where it is typically blended to soften tannins and add complexity. In warmer regions like California Washington, Argentina, Chile and Australia, you can typically expect more ripe fruit flavors upfront.

Perfect Pairings

Cabernet Sauvignon is right at home with rich, intense meat dishes—beef, lamb and venison, in particular—where its opulent fruit and decisive tannins make an equal match to the dense protein of the meat. With a mature Cabernet, opt for tender, slow-cooked meat dishes.

Sommelier Secrets

Despite the modern importance and ubiquity of Cabernet Sauvignon, it is actually a relatively young variety. In 1997, DNA profiling revealed the grape to be a spontaneous crossing of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc which took place in 17th century southwestern France.

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