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L'Ecole 41 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 375ml 2005L'Ecole 41 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 375ml 2005
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Size: 750ml.
Country: USA
Region: Washington

WS 89 WA 89 WE 89 IWC 87


Due to the exceptional quality of Cabernet Sauvignon fruit grown in this region, L'Ecole Nº 41 has been producing this full-bodied varietal since 1989. In style, they pick and ferment their Cabernet Sauvignon similarly to the Merlot, with small lot fermentations punched down by hand to control tannin and phenolics. It is aged 22 months in French and American oak barrels. In contrast to the Merlot, the Cabernet is slower to develop in its youth, but has incredible aging potential 10 to 15 years after bottling.

Reviews:

"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