Another of the Sebastiani wineries, Pepperwood Grove not only uses a label with varying shades of green waves but is also busily working at finding ways to match the color on their label with their business practices. As part of their sustainability program, for instance, they have been getting into the boxed wine category (Big Green Box and Little Green Box). Their box packaging uses materials that are 100% recyclable and paper that is sourced from sustainable forests. Like me, though, you can still get your Pepperwood Grove in a bottle where for additional sustainability they stop their wines with the re-usable ZORK® STL bottle closure.
That’s all well and good. I’m glad winemakers are concerned about sustainability and taking steps to employ sustainable practices in the various facets of their business. But all of that isn’t going to sell me on the wine if it isn’t worth drinking. I’m happy to say that I think this budget Cab was worth popping the zork on.
Winemaker: Pepperwood Grove
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Price: $6.99 at Whole Foods
Notes: In the glass this inexpensive Cabernet was a dark reddish purple – just barely translucent. On the nose I found musty earth, dark berries, and pepper. The body was fairly light and smooth. It had gentle but definite tannins and good acidity. Alcohol was at 13%. On the palate I encountered flavors of currant, earth, cherry, oak, pepper, and a minty note. I thought it was pleasant for a non-vintage Cab in this price range. I imagine this Pepperwood Grove would probably be pretty good with Mexican fare or a burger.