L'Ecole No. 41 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 2009 (4.3/5)


L’Ecole no. 41 is a family-owned artisan winery located in the Walla Walla Valley, Washington. The winemaking focus is on realising terroir-driven wines that are able to be approachable on release but also to gracefully age in your cellar.
The wines are certified as "sustainable wine" (click here for a description).

The grapes for this Columbia Valley Cabernet are hand harvested and fermented in stainless steel vats. The wine is then aged for 22 months in small oak barrels (33% new).
The 2009 vintage exhibited a prolonged winter and cool spring ( late bud-break), counterbalanced by a particularly hot summer (that required skilful canopy management). Harvest lasted between mid September and mid October, before a pestering early freeze invested the region.

Tasting Notes:
Deep ruby-purple with very good legs. The nose is clean offering, with medium intensity, notes of black cherries, blueberries, tobacco leaves and earth, chocolate and some roses on the end.
On the palate is dry, with medium+ acidity, medium+ tannins, med+ alcohol, med+ body, very good presence on the mid-palate and med+ finish. Complex and intriguing.
Very Good quality, Approachable Now but tannic structure and acidity are in perfect place to ensure a bright future, High Price. Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, Washington.


  1. That was one of my two favourites! The total impact of all 9 wines has robbed my memory of which the other one was......


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