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Pepper Bridge Winery Trine 2013

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750ML / 14.6% ABV
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750ML / 14.6% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Centered around a rich core of ripe Bing cherry, dried herbs, rose petal, violet, and polished leather, this wine demonstrates the magic of Cabernet Franc as a main blending component. With a seamless and structured mouthfeel, the palate displays accents of red fruit, plum and savory notes. Despite the warm vintage, this offering shows elegance and balance with a long finish.

Blend: 37% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Cabernet Franc, 16% Merlot, 8% Malbec, 5% Petit Verdot

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W&S 95
Wine & Spirits
A blend of five varieties from three vineyards, this has a textural suppleness that feels like a breakthrough for Pepper Bridge. The blend leads with cabernets sauvignon and franc, and the franc component seems to contribute that classic Walla Walla feel of tobacco leaf over black cherries and plums. It’s a savory wine, vinous, vibrant and supple, marked by fine, thrillingly sensuous tannins. As sexy a wine as Jean-François Pellet has ever made.
RP 92
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Another beauty is the 2013 Trine, which is a mix of 37% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Cabernet Franc, 16% Merlot and the balance Malbec and Petit Verdot. Aged mostly in used barrels (38% new) and checking in at 14.6% natural alcohol, it has a polished, silky, medium to full-bodied profile to go with impressive crème de cassis, spring flower,s and graphite aromas and flavors. While it’s not a heavyweight, it has fabulous purity, balance and length, all suggesting it will evolve nicely for 10-15 years.
WS 92
Wine Spectator
A red that's structured and well-defined, yet expressive, with dark berry, licorice and spicy cedar flavors that linger toward well-framed tannins. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot.
WE 91
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Cabernet Sauvignon (37%) and Cabernet Franc (34%) make up the majority of this wine, with the balance Merlot (16%), Malbec (8%) and Petit Verdot. The aromas are quite locked up, with light notes of barrel spice, herb and assorted dark fruit. The palate has light tightly coiled fruit flavors. It needs time to reveal its charms. Best after 2021.
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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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One of the world’s most classic and popular styles of red wine, Bordeaux-inspired blends have spread from their homeland in France to nearly every corner of the New World. Typically based on either Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot and supported by Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot, the best of these are densely hued, fragrant, full of fruit and boast a structure that begs for cellar time. Somm Secret—Blends from Bordeaux are generally earthier compared to those from the New World, which tend to be fruit-dominant.

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