L'Ecole No. 41 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley
Item Number: 14515
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
Total Acidity: 6.2 g/L
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.