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2018 Pepper Bridge Cabernet Sauvignon

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June 9, 2024 - $31



92The Wine Advocate

Firm, dense and concentrated dark fruit essences of plum reduction, cherry compote and crème de cassis with hints of lavender liqueur and bitter dark chocolate... Full-bodied, rich and generous, the palate is chewy with layers of complexity... Firm tannins grow across the mid-palate before turning to a long, winding and evolving finish with persistent flavors of spiced plums and blackberry reduction.

92Jeb Dunnuck

Lots of dark currant and plum fruits as well as tobacco, damp earth, and violet notes...medium to full-bodied on the palate, with ripe tannins and terrific overall balance.


Pepper Bridge

Pepper Bridge Winery in Walla Walla was started in the late 1980s by Norm McKibben, an engineer who planned to run an apple orchard in his retirement. But in 1989 he planted a vineyard instead and by 1998 Pepper Bridge was making wine. Today Pepper Bridge owns 400 acres of estate vineyards in the Walla Walla appellation. The winemaker is Jean-Francois Pellet, who worked in Switzerland, Germany and Napa Valley before moving to Pepper Bridge. The estate make red and white wines.


United States, Washington, Walla Walla Valley

Walla Walla Valley AVA likes to call itself the Napa Valley of Washington, and given the concentration of well-reviewed wineries in the appellation, the comparison is understandable. The Walla Walla appellation is comprised of 340,000 acres, of which 1,200 acres are vineyards. Walla Walla is located in the southeastern corner of Washington and it extends slightly into northeastern Oregon. It is named after the Walla Walla River Valley, and the city of Walla Walla is the commercial center of Washington’s wine industry. The city was founded in the 1840s by the Hudson’s Bay Company as a trading post, but as early as the 1850s farmers were planting grapes for winemaking. Prohibition shuttered winemaking in the early 20th century, but a winemaking renaissance started in the 1970s when Leonetti Cellars, still one of the state’s most acclaimed wineries, started producing acclaimed Cabernet Sauvignon. Walla Walla’s AVA status was awarded in 1984 and today there are more than 100 wineries. Cabernet Sauvignon is the most frequently planted grape, followed by Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Sangiovese Chardonnay and Viognier.


Red Wine, Cabernet Sauvignon

One of the most widely grown grape varieties, it can be found in nearly every wine growing region. A cross between Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc. It’s a hardy vine that produces a full-bodied wine with high tannins and great aging potential.