Cabernet Pfeffer is an obscure grape variety nearly wiped out by the crappy little phylloxera louse in France in the late 1800s but meager plantings of this variety still exist in San Benito County, easy of Monterey County. What now? Cabernet Pfeffer. Come again? Cabernet Pfeffer has something of a dubious history which I won’t go into here; suffice it to say this is a fun wine with noticeable acidity and a wonderful and immediate cracked pepper profile (hence the name since pfeffer means pepper in German) and dark red fruits like black cherry, and raspberry (if raspberries were more serious). It’s that funky weird grape that no one has ever heard of and no one has ever tasted. Juicy, lighter and less tannic than Cabernet Sauvignon, Cab Pfeffer is cool simply because it is so unique and it’s always important to try something new. For the price, this kinder, gentler version of Cab Sauv is a solid and well executed example and defiantly worth checking out. There are a few places across the States where winemakers blend it, but Mr. Volk proudly gives us Pfeffer as it should be. www.volkwines.com
$28/750 ml – Alc: 13.82% (no, seriously, that’s what the bottle says)
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