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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

2004 Pepper Bridge Cabernet Sauvignon

The 2004 Pepper Bridge Cabernet Sauvignon is composed of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, and 3% Malbec. It was sourced from various vineyards located in Washington State's Columbia Valley appellation and was aged in 100% French oak barrels for 21 months.

This darkly colored red displays aromas of black plum, pepper, black currant, spice, and subtle hints of charrded oak and vanilla. On the palate flavors of blackberry and currant dominate, with secondary notes of cedar, spice, and dark chocolate.  

There is a very nice silkiness that graces the mid-palate and the wine finishes with strength and power but refined elegance. The tannins are surprisingly quite ripe despite the somewhat difficult 2004 growing season in Washington State. It's also important to note that I'm tasting this wine the second day after being opened and it drinks amazing with the proper exposure to oxygen. A very nice wine although for the price ($50) QPR may be called into question. 90 Points

 
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