Dark scents reminiscent of blue and black fruit are center stage while subtle hints of wood and leather mingle with black licorice and dusty minerality in the 2017 Pepper Bridge Vineyard. Upon tasting, blueberry and blackberry are revisited and earthy notes provide a dense texture with a rich, powerful mouthfeel to this wine. Well integrated oak and fruit components lend themselves to surprising acidity and a long, balanced finish.
Varietals: 52% Merlot, 23% Malbec, 13% Petit Verdot, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon
Vineyard: 100% Pepper Bridge Vineyard
Awards & Accolades
“A blend of 53% Merlot with 23% Malbec and the remainder Petit Verdot and Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2017 ‘Pepper Bridge Vineyard’ is a beautiful effort from this warm vintage that brilliantly combines poise and richness. Once on the nose this takes on layers of rip red and dark fruits with menthol and chocolate tones that all take shape in the glass. The sense of freshness and tension is wonderful here as dark currants and pipe tobacco combine with blackberry cordial and Turkish coffee with herbal undertones on the palate. With gratifying length, this outstanding new wine will cellar well over the next ten to fifteen years.”
– Owen Bargreen, 93 points
92 Points, James Suckling | Wine Enthusiast