Pepper Bridge Winery 2018 Estate Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc, Walla Walla Valley, $36

By on February 16, 2020

Within a week of Labor Day 2018, Jean-François Pellet had taken what he wanted from Seven Hills, Summit View and Les Collines vineyards for this wine that is unmistakably Sauvignon Blanc, even though Sèmillon (9%) plays a small role. Rather than stainless steel, lots matured either in neutral French oak (58%) or concrete egg. Preserves the broad features of gooseberry, fresh-mowed grass and Italian lime soda with a definite sense of “meow.” It’s done bone-dry with enjoyable acidity that’s capped by a scrape of lime zest. The following for this Sauv Blanc has prompted Pepper Bridge to nearly double its production since 2015.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 344 cases

Alcohol: 13.9%

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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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