The red grape variety (also pepper Cabernet) comes from California However, some legendary narratives and ambiguities are entwined around the origin. The question arises whether it is an independent variety at all. The original vine was allegedly discovered and selected in the 1880s from 1850 immigrated from Germany William pepper in California's Santa Clara Valley and selected. One suspected a cross between Cabernet Sauvignon x unknown partner. However, the stock was replaced by the phylloxera destroyed. Pepper claimed a better version than that seedling bred and this on a stable document transplanted and propagated. It was no longer the original vine.
Another hypothesis is the French variety Trousseau Noir or around a cross between Cabernet Sauvignon x Troussau Noir. This has not yet been confirmed by DNA analysis (which raises the question of which of the many specimens of this vine should be examined). There are indeed some plantings with varieties of this name, including in the Cienega Valley in San Benito County, in the Napa Valley and also in Arizona, Produced by the vineyard DeRose Vineyards (Cieniega Valley) varietal as Cabernet pepper rather bright red wine is characterized by a spicy-peppery and tannin-rich flavor.
The winemaker Kenneth Volk in Santa Barbara (Region Central Coast ) claims that the Cabernet pepper he cultivates is identical to the French one Great Verdot be, what also through DNA analysis was confirmed. However, it is not clear if it is actually referred to as Cabernet pepper vine. One would therefore have to examine all varieties grown in California under the name Cabernet pepper. Only then could a possible independence of such a vine be proven beyond doubt. In the statistics of Kym Anderson In 2010, a variety with the name Cabernet pepper certainly does not occur.