(4/11/2019) "The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon (78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot, 6% Malbec, 4% Cabernet Franc, and 3% Petit Verdot) is darker and meatier, with lots of cassis, graphite, and crushed rock aromas, medium to full body, beautiful depth of fruit, and sweet tannins. It too is polished, sweetly fruited, and incredibly charming. It's a seriously good Washington State Cabernet to drink over the coming 15-20 years."
(4/9/2020) "Very attractive aromas of blackberries and dark chocolate follow through to a medium to full body, fine tannins and a flavorful finish. Shows polish and focus. A blend of 78% cabernet sauvignon, 9% merlot, 6% malbec, 4% cabernet franc and 3% petit verdot. Drinkable now, but better after 2021."
(12/2019) "Bright ruby-red. A bit deeper-pitched and more brooding on the nose than the Seven Hills Vineyard blend, with aromas of black raspberry, huckleberry, tobacco leaf, leather, coffee and licorice accented by peppery herbs; in comparison, the Seven Hills wine is spicier. Then vinous and rather tightly wound on the palate, with its raspberry and tobacco leaf flavors complemented by blueberry and licorice notes that may come from the Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot components. Showing little easy sweetness and fairly dusty tannins, this very youthful, persistent wine calls for patience. Incidentally, winemaker Pellet uses seven coopers for this wine but the core of the blend is Boutes, Taransaud and Sylvain. Drinking Window: 2022 - 2028."
(10/2019) "Pepper Bridge's 2016 Cab is mostly from Seven Hills Vineyard, blended with some fruit from Octave, Pepper Bridge and Yellow Jacket. It's lean and focused, with flavors of dark plum and sumptuous oak supported by cocoa-textured tannins."