2018 L'Ecole No 41 Walla Walla Valley Cabernet sauvignon

2018 L’Ecole No 41 Walla Walla Valley Cabernet sauvignon

Walla Walla Valley,
Columbia Valley,
Washington

14.5% alcohol

Empty bottle weight: 16.6 ounces // 471 grams

Cork closure 

1990 cases produced

The Cabernet sauvignon grapes in this wine were all grown in the Walla Walla Valley, some from the Washington side of the state line but the majority coming from Oregon. The 2018 growing season started off slowly and bud break was later than usual. But after warmer weather in late spring and over the summer months, the grapes had caught up and yields were higher than originally predicted. This led to cluster-thinning to ensure the grapevines could ripen the remaining fruit in time.

September ushered in cooler temperatures so higher levels of natural acidity developed in the grapes as harvest neared. Depending on the vineyard site, the grapes were picked between the third week in September and mid-October, allowing the grapes additional hang time in those cool days and nights. While the hotter summer weather raised alcohol levels, they are nicely balanced by higher acidity from that extended time on the vine.

Color:

Purple

Bouquet:

Mulberries // violets // menthol // black cherries // slivered almonds // cranberries

Palate:

Red plums // cranberries // chewy mouthfeel // black raspberries // vanilla // red raspberries // rounded tannins // red & black cherries

Food pairing suggestions:

Stuffed flank steak with spinach, sundried tomatoes & feta // polenta lasagna with roasted red pepper sauce // oven barbecue ribs

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Read more about L’Ecole No 41 and their wines:

Why Wine? interview with winemaker Marcus Rafanelli

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2020 L’Ecole No 41 Chenin blanc

2019 L’Ecole No 41 Chenin blanc

2019 L’Ecole No 41 Columbia Valley Stillwater Creek Vineyard Semillon

2018 L’Ecole No 41 Semillon

2016 L’Ecole No 41 Perigee

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