2008 Kenneth Volk Cabernet Pfeffer Siletto Ranch Vineyard
(USA, California, Central Coast, San Benito County)
Origin: United States | California
This 'quirky' little wine is 100% Cabernet Pfeffer (as in the German word for 'pepper'). Variety reported developed in California in the mid to late 1860s as a cross between Cabernet Sauvignon and Trousseau in the Los Altos Hills area in California.
It is reportedly only found in the Kenneth Volk Siletto Ranch Vineyard, and has growing here over a century despite a good chunk of the vines being lost to disease in the early part of the 1900’s
This wine is biodynamic, and there are only 700 cases produced.
On the Nose - dark raspberry, remarkably similar to a zinfandel on the nose, with berries and jam, but just a zing of some spice to imply that it's more then just that.
On the Pallet – tannins resemble pepper, smooth too. I would like fewer peppercorns in this wine and more of a cracked or crushed pepper to even out the front pallet on it, nice ripe blueberries’ and raspberries as well. But it would be a great twist for any Shiraz drinkers.