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2012 Pepper Bridge Merlot

2012 Pepper Bridge Merlot

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Region
Washington State
Appellation
Walla Walla

Type
Red
Varietal
Merlot
Wine & Spirits
91
Wine Advocate
91
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This Merlot has a terrific presence featuring deep, bright flavors of cherry, blueberry and cassis shaded with an intriguing hint of roasted coffee, allspice, bay leaf and graphite. Its rich layers and velvety texture satiate the palate with complex flavors of spicy ripe red and black fruits and dusty earth, wrapped around gentle tannins.

Wine Specs
Vintage
2012
Varietal
Merlot
Appellation
Walla Walla
Harvest Date
September 19 - October 15, 2012
Aging
17 Months in 100% French oak; 62% neutral, 38% new
Bottling Date
March 27, 2014
Alcohol %
14.7
Wine & Spirits
91
Wine Advocate
91
Wine Profile
Ratings
91 Points, Wine Advocate: "...offers superb aromatics of chocolate-covered cherries, hints of leafy herbs, leather and licorice. These all flow to a medium-bodied, layered and polished Merlot that has a great mid-palate and enough tannic grip to keep it drinking nicely over the coming decade or more." 91 Points, Wine&Spirits: "Scents of cherry and brown sugar spice inform this sleek, mildly tannic merlot from the Pepper Bridge estate vineyards-including Octave, its newest vineyard, part of the SeVein project. The wine's smoked tomato and cherry flavors are supported by plenty of structure, and could benefit from some time in the cellar."
Awards
DOUBLE GOLD; Seattle Wine Awards
Vineyard Notes
Entirely estate; Certified Sustainable and Salmon Safe. Founding member of VINEA. 51% Seven Hills Vineyard, 32% Pepper Bridge, 17% Octave. 100% Walla Walla Valley
Production Notes
Spring brought us more precipitation than usual, followed by a hot, dry summer. We experienced plenty of warm days without it being overly hot. Since WSU began recording heat units, the 2012 vintage was right on track with a “perfect average.” The wines of this vintage show beautiful characteristics of fruit ripeness while remaining elegant and balanced.
Production
78% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc, 7% Malbec. 1,147 cases
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