Pepper Bridge Winery 2013 Trine Red Wine, Walla Walla Valley, $65

By on January 17, 2017

Three branches of ownership are behind this family-owned winery and vineyard project in the Walla Walla Valley that’s been together for two decades. This marks the sixth vintage for their Meritage-style bottling from their three vineyards – Seven Hills, Pepper Bridge and Octave. And a year after pushing Cabernet Franc to the lead in the 2012 Trine, Jean-François Pellet returns to Cabernet Sauvignon (37%) as the lead grape, followed closely by Cab Franc (34%), Merlot (16%), Malbec (8%) and Petit Verdot. It’s a fruit basket of berries in the nose, joined by chocolate-covered marshmallow and cherry jay. On the pour, there’s more of the same as black cherry, black currant and Marionberry swirl amid a smooth and creamy texture with pleasant finish of age-worthy tannins.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 912 cases

Alcohol: 14.6%

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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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