L'Ecole No. 41

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Country of Origin: USA
Location: Walla Walla Valley
People: Megan & Marty Clubb, Owners | Marty Clubb & Mike Sharon, Winemakers

Items

L'Ecole No. 41 2016 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley Login In Stock
L'Ecole No. 41 2017 Old Vine Chenin Blanc, Columbia Valley Login In Stock
L'Ecole No. 41 2016 Semillon, Columbia Valley Login WA 87 In Stock
L'Ecole No. 41 2015 'Luminesce' White Bordeaux Blend, Seven Hills Vineyard, Walla Walla Valley Login AG 91 WA 90 In Stock
L'Ecole No. 41 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley Login WA 90 WS 91 In Stock
L'Ecole No. 41 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley Login WS 90 WE 91 W&S 91 AG 91+ In Stock
L'Ecole No. 41 2015 Merlot, Columbia Valley Login WA 89 <1 Case
L'Ecole No. 41 2016 'Frenchtown' Red Wine, Columbia Valley Login In Stock
L'Ecole No. 41 2014 'Apogee' Bordeaux Blend, Pepper Bridge Vineyard, Walla Walla Valley Login WA 94 In Stock
L'Ecole No. 41 2015 Syrah, Columbia Valley Login WA 91 WS 88 On Order



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L’Ecole No. 41 is an institution in Walla Walla. It was the third winery to open in the region (1983), and only the 20th in the state. They have won the prestigious Winery of the Year in Wine and Spirits magazine a whopping 14 consecutive times (2002-2015). They have become one of the most prominent and visible Walla Walla Valley wineries with national and international distribution. As a traditional brick and mortar winery, they are engaged in growing and making 100% of their wines. Their focus is on terroir-driven, distinctive, and expressive wines. This is achieved by their nearly thirty years of winemaking experience combined with dedicated, long-term relationships with some of the oldest and most proven vineyards in the Walla Walla and Columbia Valleys. They are at the forefront of sustainable farming in the Walla Walla Valley, notably with their Estate Seven Hills Vineyard. All of their Walla Walla Valley wines are made from grapes sourced from vineyards which are certified sustainable and Salmon Safe.

Marty Clubb owns L’Ecole No. 41 with his wife Megan. This second generation, family-owned artisan winery, located in the historic Frenchtown School depicted on their label, was founded in 1983 by Megan’s parents, Jean and Baker Ferguson. Marty Clubb took over winemaking in 1989.

Marty’s ongoing dedication and commitment to the Washington state wine industry is evident in his many leadership roles. Marty, along with his partners Norm McKibben and Gary Figgins, were early viticulture pioneers in the Walla Walla. In 1997 they began the expansion of the original 20-acre Seven Hills Vineyard to the 230 acres it is today. Marty is currently President and Director of the Washington Wine Institute and is one of two board members from Washington State for WineAmerica. He was instrumental in the founding of the Walla Walla Valley Wine Alliance and served as its president for six years. Marty worked with other industry pioneers in the development of the Walla Walla Community College Center for Enology and Viticulture. He earned a chemical engineering degree from Texas A&M University.

All L'Ecole wines are vegetarian. No egg whites or fish by-products are used in fining.

Wine Advocate 6/30/2017
"Winemakers Marty Clubb and Mike Sharon (Mike joined the estate in 2006) continue to keep this Walla Walla based estate firing on all cylinders, and they’re a great reference point for the State of Washington. This report focused on their 2014s, and the lineup is stacked with quality and value."

Reviews

  • L'Ecole 2014 'Apogee' Bordeaux Blend, Pepper Bridge Vineyard, Walla Walla Valley
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 94 (6/30/2017)

    The most sweetly fruited, voluptuous and hedonist in the lineup, the 2014 Apogee Pepperbridge Vineyard is made from a blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot, 15% Malbec and 4% Cabernet Franc. Sweet blackcurrants, licorice, crushed rocks and graphite notes flow to a sweetly fruited, full-bodied, pleasure bent beauty that has enough baby fat to warrant short term cellaring. It's going to have two decades of overall longevity.
  • L'Ecole 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley
    The Wine Spectator
    Rating: 90 (11/15/2017)

    Precise and refined, with lively black cherry, lavender and spice notes that linger toward polished tannins. Drink now through 2023.
  • L'Ecole 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley
    Wine Enthusiast
    Rating: 91 (9/1/2017)

    This wine is 100% Cabernet, coming from Seven Hills, Loess, Summit View, Yellow Jacket, Stone Valley, Ferguson and Pepper Bridge vineyards. Locked-up aromas of barrel spice, toast, herb, vanilla and dark fruit give way to rich but well balanced black-fruit flavors. Lightly grainy tannins offer sufficient support.
  • L'Ecole 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley
    Wine & Spirits
    Rating: 91 (10/1/2017)

    This powerful Cabernet is a blend from multiple sources, including Seven Hills, Pepper Bridge and Ferguson vineyards. It leads with scents of carob and blackberry, giving way to darker, more fig-like flavors. It stays on the rails with a finessed tannic payload and just enough acidity to keep it aloft.
  • L'Ecole 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley
    Vinous
    Rating: 91+ (10/27/2017)

    Deep, varietally expressive aromas of cassis, minerals, fresh sage, tobacco leaf, mocha and brown spices, complicated by a lower-toned earthy element. Densely packed, very dry and vinous, offering a firm core of dark fruit, spice and leather flavors; more savory and herbal than the Columbia Valley Cabernet, which Clubb attributes to the Seven Hills fruit. Conveys a distinctly dark, rich profile but this classically styled wine will need time for its slightly disjointed acids and tannins to knit. I suspect this will be suaver in the long run than the Columbia Valley example.
  • L'Ecole 2015 'Luminesce' White Bordeaux Blend, Seven Hills Vineyard, Walla Walla Valley
    Vinous
    Rating: 91 (11/30/2016)

    Very pure, Sauvignon-dominated aromas of lemon zest, white peach, minerals and crushed stone lifted by high notes of orange blossom and honey. Slightly warm, fat and seamless given shape by harmonious acidity.
  • L'Ecole 2015 'Luminesce' White Bordeaux Blend, Seven Hills Vineyard, Walla Walla Valley
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 90 (6/1/2017)

    A killer value that comes from the estate Seven Hills Vineyard, the 2015 Walla Walla Valley White (equal parts Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc) from L'Ecole No. 41 is clean and crisp, with classic honeyed minerality, citrus and spice aromas and flavors, medium-bodied richness and clean, classy profile on the palate.
  • L'Ecole 2016 Semillon, Columbia Valley
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 87 (6/29/2018)

    The 2016 Columbia Valley Sémillon exhibits aromas of waxy lemon rind, followed by a medium-bodied, moderately textural, open-knit white that's clean and correct in every respect. For the modest tariff, it represents a definite success, and given Sémillon's capacity to age, it might even surprise with a year or two in the cellar.
  • L'Ecole 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 90 (6/29/2018)

    Wafting from the glass with notes of pencil shavings, black currants, dried herbs and loamy soil, the 2015 Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is medium-bodied, nicely concentrated and layered, with a good core of fruit, fine-grained but youthfully firm structuring tannins and a sappy finish. It's a persuasively characterful and complete wine from a challenging vintage.
  • L'Ecole 2015 Merlot, Columbia Valley
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 89 (6/29/2018)

    Aromas of currant fruit and fruitcake, framed by cedary new oak, introduce the 2015 Columbia Valley Merlot, a medium-bodied, supple wine with juicy acids and a clean, oak-inflected finish.
  • L'Ecole 2015 Syrah, Columbia Valley
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 91 (6/29/2018)

    The 2015 Columbia Valley Syrah (which incorporates 16% Grenache and 2% Mourvèdre) offers up aromas of crunchy black currant fruit and pencil lead. On the palate, it's medium-bodied, rich and chewy, with bright fruit flavors and balancing acids and a long, tangy finish. While the torrid 2015 vintage seems to have burnt off some of Syrah's more obvious varietal markers, it's a well-made, delicious wine for a competitive price.
  • L'Ecole 2015 Syrah, Columbia Valley
    The Wine Spectator
    Rating: 88 (6/30/2018)

    Precise and persistent, with appealing black cherry, smoked herb and spiced cinnamon flavors. Drink now through 2022.
  • L'Ecole 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley
    The Wine Spectator
    Rating: 91 (10/15/2018)

    Sleek and precise, with expressive blackberry, espresso and licorice flavors that take on richness toward the refined tannins. Drink now through 2024.