L'Ecole No. 41 2018 'Frenchtown' Red Wine, Columbia Valley

L'Ecole No. 41 2018 'Frenchtown' Red Wine, Columbia Valley

Item Number: 14578

UPC: 0-721354850034

Country: USA
Region: Washington
Sub Region: Columbia Valley
Appellation/AVA: Columbia Valley
Estate Grown Wine: No
Vintage: 2018
Grape(s): 35% Merlot / 26% Cabernet Sauvignon / 16% Syrah / 10% Grenache / 7% Malbec / 3% Petit Verdot / 3% Mourvedre
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 12
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 14.5
Total Acidity: 6.0 g/L
pH: 3.72

Frenchtown, Walla Walla Valley’s first settlement, was founded by French Canadians in the early 1800s. A thriving viticulture and wine making community was established in the Valley by the 1860s. This Frenchtown wine salutes these pioneers. With the highest quality in mind, this blend offers exceptional value for its price.

Vintage Notes: Another strong Washington vintage. Perfect dry harvest weather extended hang-time resulting in rich color and vibrant fruit flavors, another great vintage for Washington State. A late bud-break in mid-April was followed by a warm May with rapid canopy growth. A quick, even bloom set a uniform and healthy crop. A cool June contributed to healthy berry growth. July and early August were warm, with occasional heat spikes. Canopies were managed to avoid sunburn and irrigation was micromanaged. Intense cluster thinning was required to control yields. Veraison tracked 2017 in Walla Walla and was slightly ahead in other regions of the state. A brief rainfall shifted early September into cooler weather leading to two months of near perfect weather conditions for final fruit maturity. Higher sugars were balanced against higher acid levels and wonderfully intense color and tannin extraction, big fruit flavors, and overall balanced structure.

Winemaking Notes: The wine was aged 9 months in primarily neutral French and American oak barrels, then bottle aged 6 additional months prior to release.

Tasting Notes: Frenchtown shows aromas of wild berries, red cherry, and savory notes of dried sage and thyme. The generous, dark fruit flavors remain focused through a a dry finish.

Reviews

  • Jeb Dunnuck
    Rating: 87 (4/15/2020)

    A mix of Bordeaux and Rhone varieties brought up in neutral oak, the 2018 Frenchtown has a juicy, upfront style as well as notes of redcurrants, tobacco, and cedary herbs. Nicely textured, medium-bodied, and already hard to resist, it would make a terrific house red for drinking over the coming couple of years.
  • The Wine Spectator
    Rating: 90 (8/31/2020)

    Supple and vibrant, with expressive red currant, fresh violet and spiced cinnamon accents that build structure toward polished tannins. Drink now through 2025.