Le P'tit Paysan "Liberté" bottle

Le P'tit Paysan "Liberté"

Red Wine, 2017

Cabernet Pfeffer is an iconic American grape even though you’ve likely never heard of it. Neither had Ian Brand, who’s worked with vineyards in San Benito for years, where Pfeffer vines have thrived for a century. When Ian first tasted Cab Pfeffer’s bright, fruity flavors and peppery kick, he knew he had something special that’d be a delightful pairing with food—especially if he blended it with Zin. “It’s very rustic,” Ian says, “but that just gives you more food-pairing options.” This wine is 78% Zinfandel, 22% Cabernet Pfeffer.

Profile

Le P’tit Paysan “Liberté” Red is an American original—fleshy and fruity from the Zin, with a spicy punch from the Cabernet Pfeffer. Comparing it to other wines is an exercise in futility. Just enjoy it!

Low
High
TANNIN
SWEETNESS
BODY
ACIDITY
APPEARANCE
Garnet
APPEARANCE
Garnet
FLAVORS & AROMAS
Black cherry
Anise
Flint
Peach skin

Pairing

The calling card of these reds—like Cabernet Franc, Carménère and some Malbecs—is the herbal, smoky or even meaty flavors emerging from the fruitiness. The savory element makes these wines match well with roasted vegetables; the more fresh herbs in a recipe, the more harmonious each bite and sip.

More About The Wine

San Benito, just inland from Monterey Bay, is cool, sunny and dry. The lack of rain forces the vines to extend their roots deep into the rocky soil to fill their tiny grapes with nutrients and flavor. There are only 10 acres planted with Cabernet Pfeffer here, with many of the vines 120 years old. The Zinfandel grapes in this wine came from vines growing in the same vineyard.

DID YOU KNOW?

Cabernet Pfeffer is probably a cross between Cabernet Sauvignon and another, unknown grape. Pfeffer is German for “pepper,” but the breeder who created the variety was named William Pfeffer.

  • VARIETY
    Red Wine
  • VINTAGE
    2017
  • VINEYARD
    Enz Vineyard
  • APPELLATION REGION, STATE
    San Benito, California, USA
  • OAK
    100% French oak (12 months)
  • ALCOHOL
    13.5%
  • FARMING
    Conventional

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