In 1966, when the Pepi family purchased a ranch with vineyards in the Napa Valley, little did they realize that they were establishing a dynasty that is alive and well to this day. Robert Pepi headed the family then. As his son, Bob, grew up, they decided to make their own wine. So, in 1980, the Robert Pepi winery was born. Wine of the Month featured their wines over the years as they represented one of the best values we'd ever seen. They still do.
In the beginning, they were famous for Cabernet Sauvignon. You couldn't pick up a wine publication featuring Best Buys in wine without Robert Pepi's name being listed. They sold the winery in 2000 and Bob went on to form Eponymous Wines, maker of our Negociant.
Free to take his own path, Bob began experimenting with other grapes and other areas. Like most winemakers, eventually he discovered Pinot Noir and, also like most winemakers, it was love at first sip.
Napa's climate is not suitable, except in a few exceptions, for Pinot Noir. But, further north, in Mendocino's Anderson Valley, it couldn't thrive better. And thrive it does. Here the proximity of the ocean provides the cool temperature needed for Pinot Noir as well as the perfect soil holding remnants from sea matter deposited millions of years earlier.
The result is an imposing wine, yet still retaining the delicacy and femininity of Pinot Noir. Cherry, mint, earth and berry are ever present and crave to match chicken Marsala or roast pork loin with sage and garlic cream.