L'Ecole No. 41 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley
Item Number: 11914
Sub Region: Columbia Valley
Appellation/AVA: Columbia Valley
Grape(s): 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 14.5
Total Acidity: 6.6
Case Production: 6,665
Vintage Notes: The 2015 vintage in Washington is one of the warmest vintage on record. Bud break was two or three weeks early. That set a pattern for the year with flowering, fruit set, veraison, and harvest occurring similarly early. An unusual number of excessive heat days in July (over 95 F) resulted in some vine shut down and early exposure to sunburn. Proper irrigation and canopy management were critical to ensure vine health and quality fruit health during the unusually hot July. Mid-August temperatures moderated with cooler nights stimulating color and structure development. Classically moderate fall temperatures kicked in extending hang time. Vines adapted to the three year warm cycle, delivering the earliest harvest on record with lower yields due to smaller berries, higher sugars and lower acids, yet deeply colored structured reds with exciting potential.
Winemaking Notes: Each lot was hand harvested ripe and gently crushed into 1.5 and 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 oak barrels (25% new) with five rackings over 22 months.
Tasting Notes: With average vine age of more than 20 years, this wine shows a classic Cabernet Sauvignon profile of firm structure, integrated tannins and dark expressive fruit. This focused and integrated wine shows layers of dark fruit, espresso, violet and herbal notes. Layers of plum, blackberry and cassis mingle with dusty, fine tannins through a balanced finish.
90pts (2016 Vintage) Wine Spectator 7/31/2019
"Precise and well-built, with elegantly expressive black cherry, dusty dried herb and spice flavors that linger toward polished tannins. Drink now through 2026."