Pepper Bridge Winery Merlot 2008 Front Label
Pepper Bridge Winery Merlot 2008 Front Label

Pepper Bridge Winery Merlot 2008

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750ML / 14.1% ABV
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750ML / 14.1% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Inviting aromas of wildflowers growing along a dusty, gravely road mingle with bright notes of red cherries, raspberries, blackberries, and boysenberries. A rich, silky mouthfeel with a plush mid-palate delivers rounded flavors of mixed berries and hints of exotic spices, cedar and cola. The long persistent finish intertwines layers of sophisticated complexity, velvety tannins, and an appetizing level of acidity.

Blend: 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Malbec

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RP 91
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The new releases begin with the 2008 Merlot which contains 10% Cabernet Franc and 5% Malbec in the blend. The fruit was sourced nearly equally from Pepper Bridge and Seven Hills and was aged for 20 months in 47% new oak. Asian spices, incense, violets, cassis, and black cherry lead to a wine with a solid core of savory fruit, plenty of structure, and excellent balance. It will evolve for 2-3 years and drink well through 2023.
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W&S 91
Wine & Spirits
Like a Pepper Bridge cabernet, this merlot is built on a firm foundation of tannin. Though it gives up little at first beyond a hint of plum and sundried tomato, its flavors are more generous, buoyed by a mouthwatering acidity that keeps the wine lively while fine, firm tannins gird its finish. It has a strong future: Cellar, then serve with roast beef.
WE 90
Wine Enthusiast
Sweet, rich and luscious in a palate-enveloping style, this cherry-bomb of a Merlot opens with a rush of ripe, round, fruit-liqueur flavors. Delicious as it is, it hangs there right into a slightly alcoholic finish. Some further bottle age should make for continued improvement.
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Pepper Bridge Winery, 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.
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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.

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