Posted by: Dallas Lawrence | February 5, 2010

2008 Pepperwood Grove Valle Central Cabernet Sauvignon

As we brace for the “snow-pocalypse  2010” that is expected to slam into our nation’s capitol at any moment, thousands of my fellow Washingtonians are making a mad dash to the grocery store for last minute “emergency rations.”  And as we settle in for the long winter’s night, I can think of no more important purchase than a few budget bottles of wine to help warm the soul as the snow begins to fall.

The 2008 Pepperwood Grove Cabernet Sauvignon, Valle Central, from the storied Sebastiani wine making family, should be on everyone’s short list for everyday enjoyment.

Right out of the bottle, this Chilean Cab makes quite an impression. For less than $7, the 2008 vintage is incredibly smooth and offers a dry, not too fruity flavor with a nice kick of blackberry. This wine is really best enjoyed slightly chilled and should be imbibed right out of the bottle. Oddly enough, the wine was actually less tasty as it had time to breathe. The lesson here: don’t savor it, drink it.

One important note for those heading out to the store: Be sure to pick up the “Valle Central” bottling versus the “California” bottling of this wine. Both are good, but the Valle Central is about 30% less expensive.

For around 6 bucks, you can’t go wrong – bundle up and enjoy this flavorful South American import.

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  3. […] From the review…“The 2008 Pepperwood Grove Cabernet Sauvignon, Valle Central, from the storied Sebastiani wine making family, should be on everyone’s short list for everyday enjoyment. Right out of the bottle, this Chilean Cab makes quite an impression. For less than $7, the 2008 vintage is incredibly smooth and offers a dry, not too fruity flavor with a nice kick of blackberry. This wine is really best enjoyed slightly chilled and should be imbibed right out of the bottle. Oddly enough, the wine was actually less tasty as it had time to breathe. The lesson here: don’t savor it, drink it.” http://thecorkscrooge.com/2010/02/05/2008-pepperwood-grove-valle-central-cabernet-sauvignon/ […]


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