L'Ecole No. 41 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley

L'Ecole No. 41 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley

Item Number: 14515

UPC: 0-721354970015

Country: USA
Region: Washington
Sub Region: Columbia Valley
Appellation/AVA: Walla Walla Valley
Estate Grown Wine: No
Vintage: 2017
Grape(s): 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 12
Closure: Cork
Total Acidity: 6.2 g/L
pH: 3.77
Case Production: 1,800

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 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. This slowed fruit maturation, pushing most of harvest into October. A beautiful Indian summer brought 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: 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 a nod to the old world, this robust Cabernet shows savory aromas, mingled with expressive black currant and cocoa. With a remarkable core of black cherry, fresh plum, and espresso, this well-integrated wine further expresses enticing damp earth and cigar box notes, and finishes with polished tannins on a smooth, powerful finish.

Reviews

  • Wine Enthusiast
    Rating: 92 (9/1/2020)

    The aromas draw you into the glass, with notes of blackberry, graphite, dried herb and dark chocolate, with the oak making an impression. The flavors are rich, the acidity high, and the tannins bring a firm grip. It needs time in the cellar to all settle in and come together, but it has all of the stuffing to deliver. Best after 2024 with a long life beyond that.
  • Jeb Dunnuck
    Rating: 89 (4/15/2020)

    All Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley offers a more rounded, earthy style in its blackcurrant, tobacco, chocolate, damp earth, and chocolate aromas and flavors. Rich, medium to full-bodied, and nicely textured on the palate, it's more tannic and chewy than the Columbia Valley effort and will benefit from 2-3 years of bottle age.
  • The Wine Spectator
    Rating: 90 (8/31/2020)

    Rich and structured, with polished red currant, espresso and spice flavors that build tension toward big but refined tannins. Best from 2021 through 2028.
  • The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 89 (10/22/2020)

    Displaying dark fruit on the tight and subdued nose, there is a rigidity to the fruit condition of the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla, with aromas of dark plum skin and dusty purple flowers. Medium to full-bodied, the wine grips the palate with a tannic structure and doesn’t let go. The wine continues to linger with a tannic edge as the fruit components of the wine take a back seat, leaving me wanting more finesse and focus.