Pepper Bridge Winery 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley, $60

By on December 15, 2014

pepper-bridge-winery-cabernet-sauvignon-nv-bottleWhen owner/grower Norm McKibben launched this brand in 1998, it was the 18th winery in the Walla Walla Valley, and it was created nearly a decade after the planting of its namesake vineyard. And yet, sister vineyard Seven Hills forms the base (75%) of this bottling from a cool, age-worthy vintage. It’s influenced by only French oak barrels (38% new), creating tones of roasted coffee and cola with plum, Marionberry dark blueberry and Hostess Cherry Pie. A rich entry, solid tannins and bright acidity set the stage for a finish of chocolate-covered pomegranate. These wines also are among the most collectible in region.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 2,224 cases

Alcohol: 14.4%

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Articles authored by Great Northwest Wine are co-authored by Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.

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