Wine Spectator 92 points - Broad and expressive, light-weight and expansive in the mouth, this offers loam and mineral accents to the dark plum and licorice flavors, stepping gently on the finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc. Drink now through 2020.—H.S. (Oct 16 2013)
In the old world (i.e. Bordeaux) it is traditional to produce the very best wine from a given vineyard site, regardless of which varietal dominates that blend. Since 1993, we have produced such a vineyard blend from Pepper Bridge Vineyard called Apogee. In most vintages, this wine is near equal parts Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, with a small percentage of Cabernet Franc added for complexity. Planted in ice-age flood deposits, Pepper Bridge Vineyard Apogee shows spicy rich aromas of nutmeg and clove with earthy hints of sweet tobacco, leather and big dark berry fruit.