As I browsed the wine aisle of my local Harris Teeter I spotted one bottle left of this Pepperwood Grove Cab Sauvignon. It is a 2006 vintage and imported from the Valle Central... somewhere in the circled regions of this map:
The label does not give ANY description of what the wine might taste like... but it fit the wine picking requirements Mr. Wonderful gave me:
1. Must come from the Central Valle or California
2. Must be mostly gone
3. Not too expensive
Mr Wonderful, I have a question for you:
1. Does anyone else have good wines?
2. What if they just stocked the wines?
3. Have I told you how much I love you?
Mr. Wonderful's responses... no I did not bother asking again... I know the answers:
1. Yes, but you're not likely to pick the right one
2. I can't help you there.
3. Yes, yes you have.
Oh! Back to the review...
Pepperwood Grove did not bother to give a description of the wine so I went into it blindly. Had I gone to their website I would have found this:
"Dark ruby color with a nose full of raspberries, cedar, and subtle savory herbs. After the inviting nose entices you to take a sip, you will experience the flavors of rich blackberry cobbler, fresh raspberry jam, and caramel oak tones with integrated hints of basil and fresh figs."
It is very woody and makes me feel like I should be sitting in a country side farm eating some sort of pot roast. Yes, Mr. Wonderful, I do remember that I do not consume meat from cows... but that seriously is what this wine makes me think of. It would be a perfect wine for cooking some sort of roast (not poultry). At first I was against this wine... I mean I do not consume red meat and I'm not so sure I have ever come across a fresh fig... but the after the bitter sharpness when you first take a sip there is a pleasant raspberry aftertaste that is to die for. It is like you just ate a handful of fresh raspberries minus the seeds. While I probably will not buy this again (Mr. Wonderful does not care too much for raspberries), I would be willing to try some more Pepperwood Grove wines.