L'Ecole No. 41 Apogee 2015
Apogee is sourced from the Pepper Bridge Vineyard, one of Washington State's best and most well known. The first vintage was 1993. It represents L'Ecole 41's best effort to capture this vineyard’s distinctive and characteristic spicy bold aromas, dark fruit flavors, robust tannins and rich structure.
Pepper Bridge, planted in the terraced remnants of ice age flood deposits, is one of the Walla Walla Valley’s most reputable vineyards. Apogee was the first wine produced from this Certified Sustainable and Certified Salmon Safe vineyard.
Each lot was hand harvested ripe and gently crushed into 1.5 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 French oak barrels, 50% new, with
five rackings over 22 months. Blend: 60% CABERNET SAUVIGNON, 30% MERLOT, 7% MALBEC, 3% CABERNET FRANC.
This bold, sophisticated and complex wine has dark, brooding aromas of game and spice with hints of sweet tobacco and leather. Dense dark fruit is wrapped in
nuances of smoke, cocoa and mint with firm tannins on a persistent finish. With edgy tannins on release, Apogee is best from around 5 years after vintage and can improve for up to 20.