L'Ecole 41 Seven Hills Perigee Usa Washington State 2005
L’Ecole 41 was founded in 1983 by Jean and Baker Ferguson and is now run by their daughter and son-in-law, Megan and Marty Clubb. The schoolhouse after which the winery is named was built in 1915 in Frenchtown, a small community just west of Walla Walla whose own name is derived from the many French-Canadians who settled there in the early 1800’s and planted the original vineyards. The French name of the winery is in recognition of their efforts (the number 41 is the number of the precinct to which the school once belonged). The goal at L’Ecole 41 is to achieve clean, ripe, stylistically expressive and aromatic wines that allow the character of the individual vineyards to shine through. There is great focus on vineyard management and minimal winemaking: gravity flow, minimal handling, aggressive pruning and green harvesting and sustainable vineyard practices. The crown jewels at L’Ecole 41 are the two single vineyards in Walla Walla which they jointly own with Leonetti Cellar and Pepper Bridge winery. These are the Seven Hills vineyard, which provides around 35% of the winery’s production, and Pepper Bridge, which was planted in 1991 and now covers around 180 acres. This vineyard, planted in the wind blown loess of geologically young, mineral rich soils, is one of the Walla Walla Valley’s most acclaimed vineyards. Perigee is a blend of the oldest and most distinguished blocks from the Estate vineyard, renowned for its rich elegance, seductive aromas and complex, silky finish. L’Ecole N° 41’s partners in Seven Hills Vineyard are Pepper Bridge Winery and Leonetti Cellar. Seven Hills Perigee is boldly aromatic with aromas of nutmeg and clove, earthy hints of tobacco and leather, smoky dark fruit packed with chocolate and mint with a cherry finish. This is a full-bodied wine with a rich structure and a long finish. Enjoy this wine with braised beef, or fillet steak, with roast seasonal vegetables.
One of my all time favorites, a solid blend that when drinking a glass on the patio takes me back to Paris in the springtime, enjoying a glass of bordeaux at a sidewalk cafe in the early evening. A nice big wine, earthy and smooth with flavors of blackberry, cherry and plum, a wine that could accompany a hearty meal, or enjoyed outdoors on an early autumn afternoon. I just ordered a magnum vertical for the 2005-07 vintages and can't wait for them to arrive!
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