L'Ecole No. 41 2014 'Perigee' Estate Bordeaux Blend, Seven Hills Vineyard, Walla Walla Valley

L'Ecole No. 41 2014 'Perigee' Estate Bordeaux Blend, Seven Hills Vineyard, Walla Walla Valley

Item Number: 10841

UPC: 0-721354200419

Country: USA
Region: Oregon
Sub Region: Columbia Valley
Appellation/AVA: Walla Walla Valley
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vineyard Designation: Seven Hills Vineyard
Vintage: 2014
Grape(s): 60% Cabernet Sauvignon / 20% Merlot / 12% Cabernet Franc / 5% Petit Verdot / 3% Malbec
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 12
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 14.5
Total Acidity: 6.2 g/L
pH: 3.77
Soil Type: Wind-blown loess
Case Production: 1,450

Winemaking Notes: Each lot was hand harvested ripe and gently crushed into 1.5 and 5 ton open-topped 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: Perigee captures the essence of Seven Hills Vineyard’s characteristic rich elegance, seductive aromas and earthy structure. Alluring aromas of blueberry, cigar box and lavender are accented with flavors of cassis and earth, on a fine tannin finish.

Reviews

  • The Wine Spectator
    Rating: 90 (11/15/2017)

    Well-built and framed by firm tannins, offering deep flavors of blackberry, stony mineral and spice. Hands off for now. Best after 2018.
  • The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 94 (6/1/2017)

    A true blockbuster from this estate is the 2014 Perigee Seven Hills Vineyard Estate and it’s 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec. It offers killer notes of blackberries, cassis, crushed rocks and graphite, with a mineral-laced, full-bodied, concentrated style on the palate. Impeccably balanced, with terrific purity and building tannin, drink it anytime over the coming decade or two.
  • Wine Enthusiast
    Rating: 92 (9/1/2017)

    This wine is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot and 3% Malbec. Hightoned aromas of raspberry, cherry, cranberry, barrel spice and dark fruit lead to concentrated, well-balanced red- and black-fruit flavors. The finish sails into the distance. It drinks beautifully now, but should have a long life in front of it.
  • Vinous
    Rating: 93 (10/27/2017)

    Pretty perfume of cassis, black cherry, lavender, licorice and cedar. Large-scaled, velvety and dry; conveys a sweeter, more pliant impression than most of the foregoing wines, no doubt partly due to the silky richness of the Merlot component, but also boasts terrific vinosity. Inky blackberry and violet flavors are complicated by minerality. Suave, fine-grained tannins arrive late and harmonize well with the wine's ripe acidity. I find this a bit sweeter and richer today than the 2013 was at the same stage.