L'Ecole No. 41 2017 Syrah, Columbia Valley

L'Ecole No. 41 2017 Syrah, Columbia Valley

Item Number: 13719

UPC: 0-721354200310

Country: USA
Region: Washington
Sub Region: Columbia Valley
Appellation/AVA: Columbia Valley
Estate Grown Wine: No
Vintage: 2017
Grape(s): 77% Syrah / 21% Grenache / 2% Mourvedre
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 12
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 15
Total Acidity: 6.5 g/L
pH: 3.64
Case Production: 3,010

Vineyard Sources: Candy Mountain, Stone Tree, Estate Seven Hills, Bacchus, Summit View

Vintage Notes: The 2017 vintage was moderate in heat units and produced spectacular quality and balance normally associated with such seasonal conditions. A cool, wet spring delayed bud break until early April allowing the vines to fully recover from a hard prior winter. Bloom occurred in early June in line with the long-term average. July and early August were slightly warmer than normal suppressing berry growth and yields. Late September was cooler than normal and this slow fruit maturation, pushing most of grape harvest into October. A beautiful Indian summer brought in plentiful sunshine in October. Warm days, and cool night temperatures produced an ideal balance of flavor development, acid retention, and mineral notes in the majority of wines. A near perfect vintage in the door.

Winemaking Notes: The growing region in Washington State is ideally suited to maximize the full expression of Syrah. Each lot was manually harvested 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 oak barrels, mostly neutral, with four rackings over 18 months.

Tasting Notes: Dark, robust and spicy, this full-bodied Syrah shows rich flavors of black and blue berries, peppercorn, and licorice through an earthy finish.

Reviews

  • The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 88 (5/21/2020)

    The 2017 Syrah Columbia Valley is blended with 21% Grenache and 2% Mourvedre and begins with classic, straightforward Syrah aromas of blackberry, dark plum and soft black spices on the nose. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is balanced but leaves me wanting more complexity across the mid-palate and ends with an uncomplicated finish.
  • Jeb Dunnuck
    Rating: 90 (4/15/2020)

    This estate continues to make classic, impeccably balanced wines, which almost always represent a great value. The 2017 Syrah is a great example, offering classic blackberry fruits as well as ample peppery herbs and floral nuances, medium to full body, a ripe yet also fresh style, and a great finish. It's ideal for enjoying over the coming 4-6 years.