We’ve been fans of Pepper Bridge Winery since we visitedÂ its beautiful tasting room in Walla Walla a year ago. We fell in love with 2004 Pepper Bridge Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley — it’s the only wine that I actually finished an entire bottle by myself (but not in one sitting)!
We experienced the joy again recently at a Pepper Bridge tasting event at Vino Bello. The engaging winery rep R.G.Â shared someÂ winery history as he poured three Amavis and the 2005 Pepper Bridge Merlot Walla Walla along withÂ our favorite Cab.Â
The 2005 Amavi Syrah — described in Seattle Magazine as a “bargain-of-the-century” at $28 for a bottle –Â has aromas of blueberry and dark fruit. (The tasting notes said it was also packed with aromasÂ of violet and a hint of smoked meats,Â but I didn’tÂ get a whiff of either of them.)Â The 2005 Amavi Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla is well-balanced with structure and complexity. Both Wine Spectator and The Wine News gave it a 90 rating.
I loved the description of 2005 Pepper Bridge Merlot Walla Walla by Master Sommelier Shayn Bjornholm: “sipping this wine is like driving an Aston Martin on a silk highway.”