L'Ecole No. 41 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley

L'Ecole No. 41 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley

Item Number: 13622

UPC: 0-721354890047

Country: USA
Region: Washington
Sub Region: Columbia Valley
Appellation/AVA: Columbia Valley
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vintage: 2016
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
Soil Type: Fractured basalt; Ice-age flood silts; Wind-blown loess; The Rocks
Case Production: 6,600

For over 30 years, L’Ecole has built long term partnerships with the oldest and most proven vineyards, providing access to some of the best fruit in the Columbia Valley. 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.

Vineyard Notes: Candy Mountain, Bacchus & Dionysus, Alder Ridge, Summit View, Va Piano, Pepper Bridge, Estate Seven Hills, Stone Tree, Yellow Jacket, Klipsun, Loess, Estate Ferguson

Vintage Notes: The 2016 vintage looks like another spectacular and large harvest for Washington State; it started early with a mild winter, hot spring, and early bud break, suggesting another warm year was on the way. Moderate June weather was ideal for bloom and fruit set. July temperatures were lower than normal, allowing for healthy berry and cluster growth. Continued mild weather through August and September stretched the growing season allowing the fruit to ripen gradually and evenly, with lower sugars and higher acidity. The longer hang-time produced fantastic balance of flavor and structure in both the white and red varieties.

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 an elegant, old world structure, this sophisticated Cabernet shows savory herbal aromas, lavender, and cocoa. A robust core of blueberry and plum with notes of black currant and cigar box are framed with polished tannins on a rich, harmonious finish.

91pts (2017 Vintage) Jeb Dunnuck 4/15/2020
"Plenty of cassis, damp earth, lead pencil, and leafy, tobacco-laced herbal notes emerge from the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley, which is medium to full-bodied and has beautiful purity, fine tannins, and a great finish. It's another Bordeaux style Cabernet Sauvignon from this estate that can be drunk today or cellared for over a decade. The Columbia Valley release is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon that was brought up all in French oak, 25% being new."

Reviews

  • The Wine Spectator
    Rating: 90 (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. 6,600 cases made.
  • Vinous
    Rating: 90 (12/3/2019)

    Cassis, plum, blueberry, graphite and smoky oak on the nose, plus hints of dusty sage and tobacco leaf. More easygoing in style than the Cabernet Franc Seven Hills (in spite of possessing sound acidity), with its supple flavors of dark fruits, spices and herbs in harmony from the outset. Finishes with refined tannins and rising berry persistence. This very well balanced Cabernet is drinkable right now as its fruit is in the foreground today.
  • Decanter
    Rating: 92 (1/15/2020)

    Along with Woodward Canyon and Leonetti, L'Ecole No. 41 (founded 1983) was a Walla Walla pioneer, today run by the third generation. This is L'Ecole's most modest Cabernet, with fruit from long-term contract growers as well as the estate Ferguson Vineyard. A robust structure and oaky frame plus generous cassis, mocha and inky mineral tones. Drink 2020-2027
  • The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 89 (5/21/2020)

    The 2016 Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon opens with aromas of a dark fruit bowl with notions of dusty bitter dark chocolate and soft nuances of oak spices. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is slightly shy and will need some time in the glass to coax the expression to attention. The wine ends with a straightforward finish with flavors of blackberry and cocoa powder.