Tag Archive: L’Ecole No. 41

2007 L’Ecole NO 41 Perigee Walla Walla

This has long been one of the great luxurious velvety reds for me, that’s not incredibly ageable but is real complex and like I said before, luxurious. Perigee is a blend of the oldest and most distinguished blocks from our Estate Seven Hills Vineyard renowned for its rich elegance, seductive aromas and complex, silky finish. Purple ruby color. On the nose, youthful, medium+ intensity, plum, cherry, currant, leather, chocolate, espresso, not earthy, and slight if any earth. On the palate, dry, medium+ intenisty, silky, plum, cherry, chocolate, latte, spice, very velvety, with silky tannins, medium acidity, and good length to the finish. Always and forever will be a real crowd pleaser, I only wish I had cases of this wine to break out for everyone who doubted Washington wine.    

2007 L’ecole NO 41 Syrah Columbia Valley

It gets somewhat tiring preaching the gospel of certain wines to a deaf audience, but seriously folks, you just cant find wines of this caliber for this price in California. Find a Napa Valley Syrah that costs $20 and delivers like this, I dare you! Purple garnet color. On the nose, youthful, black cherry, black plum, pepper, plum, leather, smoke, meat stick, some earth, and some oak. On the palate, dry, medium intensity, layered, textured, medium tannin, balanced, medium acidity, beautiful structure witha good length to the finish. Shockingly great value wine. Buy this wine!    

2006 L’Ecole NO 41 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

lecoleRuby color. On the nose, youthful, medium+ intensity, black cherry, black currant, cedar, herbs, moderate oak, and no earth to speak to. On the palate, dry, medium intensity, medium tannin, moderate alcohol, medium acidity, very nice balance, with a solid finish. Pretty Cabernet that screams high quality Columbia Valley fruit for a modest price tag.    

2006 L’ecole NO 41 Merlot Columbia Valley

L'ecole-merlotRevisited this last night. Dark ruby color. On the nose, youthful, medium intensity, plums, figs, black cherry, tobacco, some oak, and no earth. On the palate, dry, medium intensity, medium tannin, medium body, medium acidity, not overwhelmingly complex, but very serviceable, with moderate length to the finish.    

2006 L’ecole No 41 Merlot Columbia Valley

L'ecoleMerlotSolid little Merlot from one of the more consistent over-achievers in the state. Nice ruby color. On the nose, youthful, medium+ intensity, plums, cherries, figs, cocoa, tobacco, tomato leaf, slight oak, and no detectable earth. On the palate, dry, medium intensity, medium tannins, nice black and red cherry quik, some vegetal element, medium body, medium acidity, nicely balanced, with a moderate finish. Not mind blowing, but a serviceable Merlot with moderate depth, and an accurate retail cost.    

2005 L’ecole NO 41 Seven Hills Vineyard Merlot

lecole_7hills_merlot_04I had this last night from a magnum format decanted for about an hour and a half. Nice ruby color. On the nose, youthful, but starting to show some secondary aromas. Lot of blackberry, black currant, plum, spice box, tobacco, very perfumey, some wet soil, moderate oak, with some detectable earth. On the palate, dry, medium intensity, medium body, medium- tannin, medium+ acidity, very well balanced, with a solid finish. Started to remind me of Duckhorn’s Howell Mountain, which I think is the best Merlot on the continent. A+    

2006 L’Ecole No 41 Apogee Walla Walla

lecole_apogeeIn all fairness i tasted this a few hours after opened, it smelled much better when I opened it. On the nose, youthful, medium- intensity, pretty muted, black currants, cherries, stem, just kind of flat beyond that. On the palate, dry, medium tannin, medium acidity, turning into pretty flavorless alcohol. I was shocked at how quickly this faded and the lack of presence. I happen to love their wines and was disappointed, but will revisit.    

2006 L’Ecole No. 41 Syrah Columbia Valley

lecole_syrah Another producer with a history of making excellent wine at reasonable prices, with perhaps the best tasting room in the state. On the nose, youthful, medium intensity, meat, sweaty funk, black pepper, mulberry, blackberry, plum, loaded with spice, dust, vanilla, chocolate, oak is present, slight traces of earth. On the palate, dry, medium intensity, medium body, medium tannin, medium+ acidity, very nicely balanced, leather and coffee flavors come out on palate, rocking the gamey factor, nice solid finish. Great quality to price ratio. Seek this out.