L'Ecole No. 41 Perigee 2017
The grapes for Perigee are sourced from the Seven Hills Vineyard, one of Washington State's most illustrious. L’Ecole has been producing wines from the Seven Hills Vineyard since 1993. They hand-select their oldest and most distinguished blocks to produce this flagship wine.
The Seven Hills Vineyard is planted in wind-blown loess of geologically young and mineral rich soils. Originally planted in 1981, this Certified Sustainable and Certified Salmon Safe vineyard was recognized as one of the Ten Great Vineyards of the World by Wine & Spirits Magazine.
Each lot was hand harvested ripe and gently crushed into 1.5 and 5 ton opentopped 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.
Composition 55% CABERNET SAUVIGNON, 26% MERLOT, 11% CABERNET FRANC, 4% MALBEC, 4% PETIT VERDOT
Perigee exemplifies this vineyard’s characteristic cedary, black cherry, richly structured elegance. Perfumed aromas of dark spice, blueberry and silky plum fruit are accented with earthy, graphite minerality, exuding power and grace on a velvety, chalky tannin finish. Structured and with some edges on release, this wine benefits from a few years in bottle and can improve for up to fifteen.