L'Ecole No. 41 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley
Item Number: 12369
Sub Region: Columbia Valley
Appellation/AVA: Walla Walla Valley
Estate Grown Wine: No
Grape(s): 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 14.5
Total Acidity: 6.6 g/L
Case Production: 2,295
Vineyard Notes: This wine is a blend of five prestigious vineyard sites representing three unique soil types in the Walla Walla Valley.
Fractured basalt – Estate Ferguson
Ice-age flood silts – Pepper Bridge
Wind-blown loess – Estate Seven Hills, Loess & Summit View
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 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 French oak barrels, 40% new, with five rackings over 22 months.
Tasting Notes: With an elegant, Old World structure, this sophisticated Cabernet shows savory aromas, rose petal, and cocoa. A robust core of blueberry and plum with notes of black currant and cigar box are framed by polished tannins on a rich, harmonious finish.