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

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

Item Number: 13649

UPC: 0-721354970015

Country: USA
Region: Washington
Sub Region: Columbia Valley
Appellation/AVA: Walla Walla Valley
Estate Grown Wine: No
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: 6.7 g/L
pH: 3.76
Case Production: 1,990

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
The Rocks – Stone Valley

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 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.


  • Vinous
    Rating: 91 (12/3/2019)

    Deeper and darker on the nose than the Columbia Valley Cabernet, conveying a medicinal reserve to its aromas of kirsch, menthol, licorice, violet and smoky oak. Then big, sweet and rich on the palate, conveying a captivating savory complexity to its flavors of blackberry, boysenberry, minerals, licorice and spices. Like the Columbia Valley Cabernet, this wine benefits from very firm acidity (6.7 grams per liter). Finishes with building sweetness and serious tannins for a slow evolution in bottle.
  • The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 89 (5/21/2020)

    The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla opens with an herbal and dark-fruited core that is tightly wound and ready to pounce. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is slightly shy, turning tarter with gripping tannins, before swaying back to an herbal edge. This is a food-friendly wine with a lingering, persistent finish. Give it a try.