Washington, a red wine state, continues to focus on blends

By on December 31, 2017

L’Ecole No. 41 2014 Pepper Bridge Vineyard Apogee Red Wine, Walla Walla Valley, $55

Since 1993, the Clubbs have been targeting Norm McKibben’s Pepper Bridge Vineyard for the Apogee – their Left Bank-inspired blend that’s half Cabernet Sauvignon with Merlot (31%), Malbec (15%) and Cabernet Franc (4%). It’s another stately expression from the little schoolhouse in Lowden, Wash., with aromas of cassis and cherries with tarragon, juniper berry and Graham cracker. The bold structure bodes well for the cellar with juiciness as cherry, pomegranate and boysenberry dominate the flavors.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 1,800 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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