L'Ecole No. 41 2015 'Perigee' Estate Bordeaux Blend, Seven Hills Vineyard, Walla Walla Valley

L'Ecole No. 41 2015 'Perigee' Estate Bordeaux Blend, Seven Hills Vineyard, Walla Walla Valley

Item Number: 12314

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: 2015
Grape(s): 56% Cabernet Sauvignon / 16% Merlot / 14% Cabernet Franc / 7% Petit Verdot / 7% Malbec
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 12
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 14.5
Total Acidity: 6.5 g/L
pH: 3.81

Seven Hills Vineyard: L’Ecole has been producing wines from Seven Hills Vineyard since 1993. Today, the winery is a partner in the 230-acre vineyard, which is planted in wind-blown loess of geologically young and mineral rich soils. They vineyard was originally planted in 1981, and L'Ecole selects the oldest and most distinguished blocks to produce this stunning, flagship wine.

Winemaking Notes: Each lot was hand harvested ripe and gently crushed into 1.5-ton and 5-ton open-top 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 (40% new) with five rackings over 22 months.

Tasting Notes: The L'Ecole Estate Perigee captures the essence of Seven Hills Vineyard’s characteristic rich elegance, seductive aromas, and earthy structure. Alluring aromas of blueberry, cigar box, cedar, and herbal flavors are accented with notes of cassis and earth, on a fine tannin finish.

94pts (2016 Vintage) Vinous 12/3/2019
"Brooding aromas of blackberry, blueberry, black pepper, violet and bitter chocolate; youthfully medicinal but not green. Plush, seamless and mouth-saturating but with a tighter grain than the Apogee bottling. Boasts lovely sweetness and intensity to its purple and black berry flavors lifted by violet and cedar nuances. The firm tannins dust the front teeth, incisors and cheeks on the very long, mounting finish. L'Ecole has been doing extended maceration for the Cabernet Sauvignon in this blend, in order to build a more structurally sound wine for aging. And Clubb has been adding more Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc due to the warmth of this site, noting that these varieties can struggle to ripen in other spots."

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  • Vinous
    Rating: 92+ (11/15/2018)

    Penetrating perfume of cassis, licorice, chocolate, herbs and tobacco, plus a cedary note that's typical of the site and a hint of blackberry from the Petit Verdot. Chewy, very rich wine with terrific inner-mouth energy and subtle violet, laurel and rose petal lift from the Cabernet Franc. The longest and most palate-staining of these 2015 reds to this point, with the late-arriving tannins coating the teeth without turning dry. Marty Clubb mentioned that this wine historically was from the highest or the oldest block in Seven Hills but that with more sites to choose from today, he now has more options for making this wine.
  • Jeb Dunnuck
    Rating: 94 (4/5/2018)

    The 2015 Estate Perigee Seven Hills Vineyard checks in as a blend of 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc, and the rest Malbec and Petit Verdot, aged 22 months in 40% new French oak. It sports a deep purple color as well as terrific notes of ripe plums, violets, blueberries, incense and lead pencil. Pure, beautifully concentrated, layered and elegant, it's another beautiful wine from this team that's made in good quantities.