L'Ecole No. 41 Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
A rich yet elegant Cabernet Sauvignon with the capacity to improve over the next five to six years but with ripe black fruit and elegant balance that is appealing now. With access to the oldest and most proven vineyards in Washington State and an average vine age of more than 20 years, this wine shows a classic Cabernet Sauvignon profile.
KEY VINEYARDS: Bacchus & Dionysus, Stone Tree, Alder Ridge, Candy Mountain, Klipsun, Pepper Bridge, Stillwater Creek, and Estate Seven Hills. Each lot was hand harvested ripe and gently crushed into 1.5 and 5 ton stainless steel fermenters. Gentle handling of the fruit through hand punch downs and gravity assisted movements were utilized throughout the entire winemaking process. The wine was cleanly racked to 100% small oak barrels, 33% new, with five rackings over 22 months. Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon.
Tasting note: With its classic varietal Cabernet profile, this focused and integrated wine shows layers of dark fruit, earth and leather. Flavours of plum, black cherry, and cocoa mingle with chalky tannins through a long, expressive finish.