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Pepperwood Grove Merlot California 2013

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

There’s an off-putting hint of turpentine on the nose but other wise this has the typical cocoa tinged black fruits with clovey oak notes of most Merlot. Fairly rich in the mouth and well balanced with fresh, if simple red fruits. The turpentine shows up as a top note of refreshing balsam. This shows good balance and nice varietal character. 86pts

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Editorial Reviews for Pepperwood Grove Merlot California

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065222,083
3.00 5
Vintage: 2007 12/14/2009

There’s an off-putting hint of turpentine on the nose but other wise this has the typical cocoa tinged black fruits with clovey oak notes of most Merlot. Fairly rich in the mouth and well balanced with fresh, if simple red fruits. The turpentine shows up as a top note of refreshing balsam. This shows good balance and nice varietal character. 86pts


Member Reviews for Pepperwood Grove Merlot California

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Snooth User: anstett
85299930
2.50 5
Vintage: 2008 11/29/2010

This is a simple Merlot that is easy drinking with no special effects. Nice to be able to pull out but not going to impress anyone.


Snooth User: jfroy99
5905184
4.50 5
Vintage: 2008 10/01/2010

Four and a half glasses


Snooth User: HokieWolf
363669115
3.00 5
Vintage: 2007 01/27/2010

Don't let the simplicity of the label foul you...A noise of Wild Dark Berries and Peppercorns, first the earthness with herb then a smooth light cocoa taste to finish with a hint of smoke. Picked it up on a closeout for $3.50 a bottle and will go back for more.


Snooth User: Craig Bilodeau
10426871,237
2.50 5
Vintage: 2007 06/04/2012

Not terrible. I was expecting worse. Currant and tobacco on the nose. Dark and heavy on the tongue. Dried cherry and earth with a fairly long finish.


Snooth User: anstett
85299930
2.50 5
Vintage: 2007 01/31/2010

I like this wine, I just don't love this wine. I find that it needs food with it to help round out the taste. I tend to have a glass of the Loon with dinner once in a while but it is not my "after work grab a glass" wine that I look for. On a more positive note my wife does like this wine also so I do keep purchasing it and it is a simple wine to enjoy.


Snooth User: ws6driver
374118137
2.50 5
Vintage: 2007 03/04/2010

too spicy for me. gave left over to hokie but good for the price.


Snooth User: red00013
35407583
5.00 5
Vintage: 2007 01/20/2010

an only an amateur wine lover, i can say that it was quite a treat to have this! fruity, extremely drinkable... it was great!


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External Reviews for Pepperwood Grove Merlot California

External Review
Source: The Wine Buyer
Vintage: 2009 06/13/2012

From the winery, 'This dark garnet colored Merlot opens with aromas of red raspberries, summer sweet blackberries, and cedar oak with hints of sage. The wine exhibits flavors of strawberries, currants, dark chocolate, Kona coffee, and savory herbs with notes of deeply toasted French oak.'


External Review
Source: The Wine Buyer
Vintage: 2008 06/13/2012

Dark ruby in color with aromas of raspberries, creme brulee, and a hint of chocolate and oregano. This Merlot has flavors of strawberry rhubarb pie, plums, green olives with pimentos, and cinnamon finishing with dried apricots, mild green tea, and toasty American oak.


External Review
Vintage: 2008 09/27/2011

Well made in a light style, this wine's simple red fruit makes a gentle companion for roast beef.


External Review
Vintage: 2008 05/23/2011

Shows the class of a more expensive Merlot in the rich, smooth structure, pure flavors and overlay of good oak. Finishes sweet with cherries and mocha.


External Review
Vintage: 2008 05/23/2011

Ripe, with concentrated black cherry, chocolate and pomegranate tones. Impressive fruit intensity folds into toasty oak and supple structure on the fine finish. Drink now through 2007.


External Review
Vintage: 2008 05/23/2011

Jammy and round, with black cherry, chocolate, spice and subtle black licorice flavors, underscored by modest tannins. An excellent value. Drink now through 2006.


External Review
Vintage: 2008 05/23/2011

Currant, raisin, violet and blackberry flavors are intense in the good-value Merlot, which finishes with solid tannins and nicely integrated tones of mocha and coffee that linger. Drink now through 2005.


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