L’Ecole No. 41 2013 Pepper Bridge Vineyard Apogee, Walla Walla Valley, $54

By on October 2, 2016

lecole-no-41-pepper-bridge-vineyard-apogee-2013-bottleWalla Walla Valley leader Marty Clubb celebrates the 20th anniversary of his inaugural production of Apogee, which goes down in history as the inaugural wine produced from Norm McKibben’s now-acclaimed Pepper Bridge Vineyard. It’s created in the style of a Left Bank blend from Bordeaux, leading with Cabernet Sauvignon (60%) and followed by contributions of Merlot (20%), Malbec (15%) and Cabernet Franc. Gorgeous aromas of Bing cherry dusted in cocoa powder, strawberry jam, vanilla and fresh herbs swirl into bold flavors of plum and cassis. The pleasing mouth feel texture includes a firm handshake of tannins, age-worthy acidity of Montmorency cherry and a long finish of toasted oak, a fingerprint of the 22 months in a small French oak barrel program.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 1,000 cases

Alcohol: 14.5%

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