"Crisp and nicely focused, with a silky edge to the tannins surrounding the pretty currant and plum flavors, lingering nicely. Drink now through 2010. 4,764 cases made. –HS
" -Rated 89, Wine Spectator
"The 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley was aged in 35% new oak. Cedar, leather, pencil lead, red currants, and black currants make for an enticing bouquet. On the palate the wine has layered fruit with spicy, savory flavors, good balance, and a moderately long finish. Drink it over the next 7 years.
L’Ecole No. 41 is one of Walla Walla’s pioneers, the third modern day winery in the Valley. Over the years the winery has prospered, outgrown the namesake schoolhouse, and now produces about 35,000 cases with distribution in all 50 states and abroad. Despite the expansion, quality has remained consistently excellent. L’Ecole’s original fame was the result of its success with Semillon. Today the winery produces three." -Rated 89, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"A fair amount of this is old vine (1972) Cabernet from Bacchus and Dionysus; it’s 100% pure varietal. Dark and richly fragrant, it delivers a well-structured mix of cassis, plum, smoky herb and roasted coffee flavors, showing the herbal side of Washington Cabernet to good effect. — P.G. (5/1/2008)" -Rated 89, Wine Enthusiast
" Bright, deep red. Red berries, mocha, coffee and nutmeg on the nose. Rather tight and dry in the mouth, with red berry and red licorice flavors of moderate intensity. A bit dry on the back. I'd be a bit more positive about the aging potential of this wine if it appeared to have the density of material to cover its tannins." -Rated 87, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar