L'Ecole No. 41 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 1997

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Variety: 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot This wine is a blend of several premium Columbia Valley vineyards, includi...

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Variety: 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot This wine is a blend of several premium Columbia Valley vineyards, including Sagemoor’s Bacchus and Dionysus, Portteus, Willard Farms, and Windrow in Walla Walla. Harvest: Weather conditions for the 1997 growing season were near ideal, with slightly above average heat unit accumulation. A long mild fall resulted in a long “hang-time” between fruit veraison and harvest, contributing to excellent flavor and color development. Technical: The majority of this Cabernet Sauvignon was harvested between mid-October and Halloween, and averaged 22.8% Brix, 3.33 pH, and 0.64 grams/100 ml acidity. Bottled 1,680 cases July 28, 1999; pH 3.54, acid 0.68 g/100ml, 13.5% alcohol by volume, <0.2% residual sugar Description: Description: This wine has inviting aromas of dried fruit and blackberry jam with spicy tones of mint and clove. The flavors are rich and integrated with black cherry, currant, tobacco, and a hint of sweet chocolate. Vinification: Each vineyard lot was harvested ripe and gently crushed into one ton stainless steel fermenters. The must was inoculated with Pasteur Red yeast and punched down by hand during fermentation to maximize fruit extraction. The must and resulting wine were not pumped, but gravity fed into the fermentation bins and subsequently into the press. After a light pressing to one bar, the wine was racked to tank and allowed to settle for one week. The wine was then racked to 100% small oak barrels, with approximately 40% new oak. The oak profile was 2/3 French and 1/3 French coopered American oak. The wine was barrel aged 22 months with five rackings and the final blend was bottled unfined and unfiltered to preserve its natural flavors.

Variety: 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot This wine is a blend of several premium Columbia Valley vineyards, including Sagemoor’s Bacchus and Dionysus, Portteus, Willard Farms, and Windrow in Walla Walla. Harvest: Weather conditions for the 1997 growing season were near ideal, with slightly above average heat unit accumulation. A long mild fall resulted in a long “hang-time” between fruit veraison and harvest, contributing to excellent flavor and color development. Technical: The majority of this Cabernet Sauvignon was harvested between mid-October and Halloween, and averaged 22.8% Brix, 3.33 pH, and 0.64 grams/100 ml acidity. Bottled 1,680 cases July 28, 1999; pH 3.54, acid 0.68 g/100ml, 13.5% alcohol by volume, <0.2% residual sugar Description: Description: This wine has inviting aromas of dried fruit and blackberry jam with spicy tones of mint and clove. The flavors are rich and integrated with black cherry, currant, tobacco, and a hint of sweet chocolate. Vinification: Each vineyard lot was harvested ripe and gently crushed into one ton stainless steel fermenters. The must was inoculated with Pasteur Red yeast and punched down by hand during fermentation to maximize fruit extraction. The must and resulting wine were not pumped, but gravity fed into the fermentation bins and subsequently into the press. After a light pressing to one bar, the wine was racked to tank and allowed to settle for one week. The wine was then racked to 100% small oak barrels, with approximately 40% new oak. The oak profile was 2/3 French and 1/3 French coopered American oak. The wine was barrel aged 22 months with five rackings and the final blend was bottled unfined and unfiltered to preserve its natural flavors.

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