L'Ecole No. 41 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley

L'Ecole No. 41 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley

Item Number: 11914

UPC: 0-721354890047

Country: USA
Region: Washington
Sub Region: Columbia Valley
Appellation/AVA: Columbia Valley
Vintage: 2015
Grape(s): 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 12
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 14.5
Total Acidity: 6.6
pH: 3.73
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.

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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Vinous
    Rating: 91+ (11/15/2018)

    Brooding, slightly inky blackberry and cassis aromas. Rich, plush and sweet, with terrific dark berry ripeness complicated by classic claret-like herb and tobacco nuances. The most graceful of these 2015 reds to this point but also boasts terrific depth. The team eliminated the Rocks component of this wine in 2015, as they found it too stewy. Finishes sappy, chewy and very long, with firm acidity and big, palate-staining tannins.
  • Jeb Dunnuck
    Rating: 89 (4/5/2018)

    The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley (22 months in 30% new French oak) is another rich, textured, gorgeously layered beauty that offers loads of bang for the buck. Chocolate, spice, black fruits, and a touch of scorched earth all flow to a medium to full-bodied, supple, nicely textured Cabernet Sauvignon that's impeccably balanced. Drink it over the coming 7-8 years.