L'Ecole No. 41 2014 'Apogee' Bordeaux Blend, Pepper Bridge Vineyard, Walla Walla Valley

L'Ecole No. 41 2014 'Apogee' Bordeaux Blend, Pepper Bridge Vineyard, Walla Walla Valley

Item Number: 10050

UPC: 0-721354200136

Country: USA
Region: Washington
Sub Region: Columbia Valley
Appellation/AVA: Walla Walla Valley
Vineyard Designation: Pepper Bridge Vineyard
Vintage: 2014
Grape(s): 50% Cabernet Sauvignon / 31% Merlot / 15% Malbec / 4% Cabernet Franc
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 12
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 14.5
Total Acidity: 6.5 g/L
pH: 3.72
Case Production: 1,800

L’Ecole No. 41 has been producing Pepper Bridge Vineyard Apogee since 1993. Apogee represents their best effort to capture this vineyard’s distinctive and characteristic spicy bold aromas, dark fruit flavors, robust tannins and rich structure.

Vineyard Notes: Pepper Bridge Vineyard, planted in the terraced remnants of ice age flood deposits, is one of the Walla Walla Valley’s most reputable vineyards. Apogee was the first wine produced from this certified sustainable and certified salmon safe vineyard.

2014 Vintage Notes: The 2014 vintage was a repeat of the warm 2013 vintage with heat units nearly identical, and no unusual winter frost, pest, or disease pressure. Modest fall day-time temperatures and cool nights resulted in a rich and vibrant structure with bold color development. Overall warmer conditions delivered ample sugars and surprisingly strong acids, particularly in our higher elevation sites.

Winemaking Notes: Each lot was manually harvested ripe and gently crushed into 1.5 ton stainless steel fermenters. Gentle handling of the fruit through hand punch downs and gravity assisted movements were utilized throughout the entire winemaking process. The wine was cleanly racked to 100% small French oak barrels, 50% new, with five rackings over 22 months.

Tasting Notes: This elegant and complex wine has brooding aromas of black cherry, cocoa, fresh nutmeg and leather. Flavors of tobacco, dark fruit and chocolate are wrapped in smooth tannins on a rich, lengthy finish.

Reviews

  • 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.