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L'Ecole 41 Walla Walla Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Member Review by jtryka:

The wine is a deep, inky black at the center with bright garnet along the edges. The nose is a pleasant combination of ripe blackberry and cherry intermingled with some cedar and smoke with just a hint of rose petals lurking in the background. The taste is rich and vibrant, with a rush of ripe fruit up front that easily subsides to reveal some wonderful notes of dark chocolate and mocha. The tannins, though young, are well structured and flawlessly integrated to create a long, smooth and perfectly dry finish that leaves you wanting more. See the full review on my blog here: http://allaloneonaplanetfullofpeople.blogspot.com/2017/01/2012-l-no-41-walla-walla-cabernet.html

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L'Ecole No 41:
L'Ecole Nº 41 has been producing premium, handcrafted varietal wines in the Walla Walla Valley since 1983 in the historic Frenchtown School in Lowden, Washington. Within this web site you will discover: Our rich history and longevity in making wines in the Walla Walla Valley Our dedication to making premium varietal wines from some of Washington's finest vineyard sites Our commi... Read more
L'Ecole Nº 41 has been producing premium, handcrafted varietal wines in the Walla Walla Valley since 1983 in the historic Frenchtown School in Lowden, Washington. Within this web site you will discover: Our rich history and longevity in making wines in the Walla Walla Valley Our dedication to making premium varietal wines from some of Washington's finest vineyard sites Our commitment to superior vineyard management and environmentally sustainable vineyard practices Our desire to provide our valuable customers with a unique, quality experience year after year Thank you for the opportunity to share our story. Read less

Member Reviews for L'Ecole 41 Walla Walla Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

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Snooth User: jtryka
3127992,501
4.00 5
Vintage: 2012 05/01/2017

The wine is a deep, inky black at the center with bright garnet along the edges. The nose is a pleasant combination of ripe blackberry and cherry intermingled with some cedar and smoke with just a hint of rose petals lurking in the background. The taste is rich and vibrant, with a rush of ripe fruit up front that easily subsides to reveal some wonderful notes of dark chocolate and mocha. The tannins, though young, are well structured and flawlessly integrated to create a long, smooth and perfectly dry finish that leaves you wanting more. See the full review on my blog here: http://allaloneonaplanetfullofpeople.blogspot.com/2017/01/2012-l-no-41-walla-walla-cabernet.html


Snooth User: jtryka
3127992,501
4.00 5
Vintage: 2011 04/25/2015

The wine is a beautiful ruby color in the glass with just a bit of opacity. The nose is quite nice, with a combination of ripe plums, blackberries and tart cherry intermingled with some green herb notes. The taste is quite nice, with a bit of cherry compote and smoke at the outset, transitioning to some tobacco and earthy peat notes midpalate. The tannins are well integrated and nicely structured to support the long, supple and very dry finish. This wine reminds me a lot of the more classic Cabernets that you found 20 years ago, with a lot more finesse than many wine you find today. See the full review on my blog here: http://allaloneonaplanetfullofpeople.blogspot.com/2014/12/2011-l-no-41-walla-walla-cabernet.html


Snooth User: jtryka
3127992,501
4.50 5
Vintage: 2008 02/26/2012

Today is the autumnal equinox, half day, half night and the first official day of Fall, so what better way to celebrate fall than to go back to school! In this case we'll be going back to school at one of my absolute favorite wineries of all time, L'Ecole No. 41 in Lowden, Wash. So to celebrate this banner day, I am enjoying a bottle of the 2008 Walla Walla Cabernet Sauvignon! Now wines from Washington are exceptional in many ways, and those from Walla Walla represent the cream of the crop in my view. Having lived in Washington and Oregon for five years, I had more than my fair share of opportunities to travel in the Columbia Valley, visiting the fine folks at L'Ecole as well as the many other fine vineyards along U.S. 12. The wines are exceptional Bordeaux blends that can stand up to the best wines anywhere in the world, and many are such small vineyards with limited production that having a bottle is sure to be a special treat to share with friends and family. Tonight I am enjoying a new vintage, the 2008 Walla Walla Cabernet Sauvignon, which is likely still a bit young, but sure to mature quite nicely in the years to come. I must have at least two or three cases of L'Ecole wines with vintages going back to 2000, and it's really interesting to see how the wines have evolved and matured over the years (unfortunately your author hasn't evolved and matured nearly as much!). The wine itself is a beautiful ruby red color, and the nose is a blend of plum and black cherry mingling with rich leather and earth, suggesting your about to get your wine drinking butt kicked by a really solid red! The taste is a surprisingly delicate and sophisticated array of fruit, with plums, blackberry, yet an elegant tannic structure that provides a fabulously dry finish that's quite unexpected from a wine with such fruit. After a long day of work, I am so happy to relax with a glass of such a nice wine that brings back memories of warm summers in the high desert of eastern Washtington...Ahhh... As for my rating, this wine is not inexpensive, but it's worth every penny of the $36 asking price (by the way, if you are a wine club member like me, you get all sorts of exclusive bottlings and other fun stuff, 3 special shipments a year, and 15% off the price of this wine!), so overall I would rate this one a solid 4.5 with plenty of room to advance as it matures. So if you have access, pick up a bottle for yourself today, and enjoy it with a rare ribeye and some grilled veggies like I'm doing tonight!


Snooth User: andude
82829626
3.00 5
Vintage: 2008 06/02/2013

Three glasses


Snooth User: jtryka
3127992,501
4.50 5
Vintage: 2001 10/07/2012

The color is a rich, deep ruby color, and the nose is a wonderful blend of earthiness, oak, offsetting a sweet spiciness, that's a blend of cassis, cherry and blackberry, balancing out the spice of cinnamon and dark chocolate. The taste is remarkable, with flavors of ripe fruit coming through despite the age, which are quickly overtaken by notes of cocoa powder and cherry cola, leading to a wonderful bit of mint and cedar with a hint of earthiness, and a classic flavor of rich, dark chocolate that is so characteristic of Walla Walla wines. The finish is very long, dry and smooth, and after a decade, the tannins are still very well structured and vibrant, which is a perfect complement to the overall lush mouthfeel of this wine. See my full review on my blog: http://allaloneonaplanetfullofpeople.blogspot.com/2012/10/2001-lecole-no-41-walla-walla-cabernet.html


External Reviews for L'Ecole 41 Walla Walla Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

External Review
Vintage: 2006 02/24/2010

L'Ecole N° 41 Walla Walla Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2006: lagerfähig 7 - 10 Jahre ab Jahrgang,Jahrgang: 2006Inhalt: 0,75 LRegion: Washington StateWeingut: L'Ecole N° 41Rebsorte: Restzucker: Restsäure: Alkoholgehalt: Rotwein


External Review
Vintage: 2006 08/03/2010

Walla Walla Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 - L'Ecole N° 41: Walla Walla Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 - Rotwein von L'Ecole N° 41Der L´Ecole No 41 Walla Walla Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 erscheint wie ein Wein aus der Alten Welt. Er wirkt intensiv und saftig, wobei er an schwarze Kirschen, Cassis und andere Aromen dunkler Früchte erinnert. Weiterhin zeigt er Spuren von Kakao, Leder, Tabak und wohlschmeckenden Gewürzen vor einem toastigen Hintergrund.Weingut: L'Ecole N° 41Land: USARegion: Washington StateRebsorte: Cabernet SauvignonInhalt: 0,75 lAlkoholgehalt: 13,9 Vol.%Säuregehalt: 6,5 g/lRestsüße: 2 g/lEmpfohlene Serviertemperatur: 16 - 18°CLagerfähigkeit: 7 - 10 Jahre ab JahrgangFassreife: in Barriques gereift (22 Monate) Rotwein > USA > Washington State



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