L’Ecole No. 41 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $32

By on March 23, 2015

lecole-no-41-cabernet-sauvignon-columbia-valley-2012-bottleL’Ecole headmaster Marty Clubb’s historic little schoolhouse earns high marks for another of its larger production releases, this time for Cabernet Sauvignon. Nearly a dozen of Washington state’s premier vineyards — including Bacchus, Dionysus, Klipsun, StoneTree and estate sites Pepper Bridge, Seven Hills and the dazzling young Ferguson — spent 22 months in a five-racking program of 33% new small oak barrels. That sets the table for aromas of Chukar Cherry, boysenberry, vanilla and toasted almond. A bold tannin structure arrives early yet yields to a midpalate of dark cherry and ripe plum flavors. Blueberry acidity and dark chocolate combine for a gentle finish. This received a gold medal at the 2015 Seattle Wine and Food Experience Wine Awards.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 7,100 cases

Alcohol: 14.5%

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Articles authored by Great Northwest Wine are co-authored by Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.

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