Pepperwood Grove Merlot California 2013
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. 86ptsAdd winemaker's notes
Editorial Reviews for Pepperwood Grove Merlot California
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
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.
Four and a half glasses
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.
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.
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.
too spicy for me. gave left over to hokie but good for the price.
an only an amateur wine lover, i can say that it was quite a treat to have this! fruity, extremely drinkable... it was great!
External Reviews for Pepperwood Grove Merlot California
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.'
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.
Well made in a light style, this wine's simple red fruit makes a gentle companion for roast beef.
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.
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.
Jammy and round, with black cherry, chocolate, spice and subtle black licorice flavors, underscored by modest tannins. An excellent value. Drink now through 2006.
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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