2008 L'Ecole No. 41 Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla

Year: 2008
Appellation: Walla Walla Valley
Country: USA - Washington
Wine Spectator: 93
Wine Advocate: 90+
Vinous Media: 89
Red Wine
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2011 WINE SPECTATOR TOP 100: #41

"The dark ruby red 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley was sourced from vines averaging over 20 years and was aged for 22 month in 33% new French oak. It sports a nose of cedar, spice box, tobacco, violets, cassis, and blackberry. In the glass it opens to reveal some elegance, good depth, spicy flavors, and excellent volume. It has enough structure to evolve for 2-3 years and will be at its best from 2013 to 2023.

L’Ecole No. 41, under the leadership of Marty Clubb, 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 has now outgrown the charming label which may have contributed to its fame. Be that as it may, L’Ecole now produces about 35,000 cases with distribution in all 50 states and abroad. Despite the expansion, quality has remained consistently excellent as has pricing." (WA)

"Bright medium red. Redcurrant, cherry, minerals and a floral element on the nose and palate. Shows lovely sweetness on the front half, then turns a bit tight and medicinal toward the back, showing a note of bitter chocolate. This will need a couple more years in bottle to harmonize and express itself." (IWC)

Winery Notes:
Tasting Notes
Its elegant, old world structure and dense, dark fruit flavors show blackberry and plum with flavors of cassis, dark cherry, earth and savory herbs on a beautifully balanced finish.

Winemaker's Comments
This wine is a blend of five prestigious vineyard sites representing three unique soil types in the Walla Walla Valley. The diversity of soils exemplified in this elegant Cabernet Sauvignon results in added complexity, richness, and balance reflective of the vineyards themselves. Its old world structure, dense dark fruit flavors and elegant tannins exemplify the best of Walla Walla.