L’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.
Production: 7,100 cases