93 points from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2005 Apogee Pepper Bridge Vineyard is 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot, 7% Malbec, and 3% Cabernet Franc. Saturated purple-colored, it has a slightly brooding nose of pain grille, pencil lead, spice box, and assorted black fruits. It is the most structured of the L’Ecole reds with darker fruit and greater aging potential. Drink this superb effort between 2015 and 2030." (June 2008) 90 points from Wine Enthusiast: "L’Ecole’s Pepper Bridge vineyard-based, proprietary Bordeaux red is divided equally between Merlot (45%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (45%), with Cab Franc and Malbec making up the rest. Right now this is a wine that is still rough and coming together; a jumble of jagged tannins, streaks of herb and mushroom, stitched around tart and spicy fruits and a splash of toast and coffee." (5/1/2008) A blend of 45% cabernet sauvignon, 45% merlot, 7% malbec and 3% cabernet franc from Pepper Bridge Vineyard in Washington's Walla Walla Valley appellation. This was the first wine created from the vineyard, showing the site's characteristic cookie spice aromas, highlighted by notes of earthy-sweet tobacco and leather on the nose. The palate is packed with concentrated dark fruit, chocolate and eucalyptus and is richly structured with fine-grained tannins. The word "apogee" refers to when the moon is at the greatest distance from earth—it is used in this wine to refer to trying to reach the ultimate quality wine.
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