L'Ecole No. 41 2015 'Perigee' Estate Bordeaux Blend, Seven Hills Vineyard, Walla Walla Valley
Item Number: 12314
Sub Region: Columbia Valley
Appellation/AVA: Walla Walla Valley
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vineyard Designation: Seven Hills Vineyard
Grape(s): 56% Cabernet Sauvignon / 16% Merlot / 14% Cabernet Franc / 7% Petit Verdot / 7% Malbec
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 14.5
Total Acidity: 6.5 g/L
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."