L'Ecole No. 41 Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley 2002
Variety: 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc Vineyard: This wine is a blend of four Walla Walla Valley vineyards: 38% from our Estate Seven Hills Vineyard; 22% Va Piano; 21% Yellow Jacket; and 19% Windrow. L’Ecole Nº 41 is a partner in the 200 acre Seven Hills Vineyard, along with Pepper Bridge Winery and Leonetti Cellar Description: Its old world structure and dense dark fruit flavors show cassis, black cherry, and cocoa with leather, tobacco and savory spice on a balanced toasty finish. Vinification: Each vineyard lot was hand harvested ripe and gently crushed into one-ton stainless steel fermenters. The must was inoculated with yeast and punched down by hand during fermentation to maximize fruit extraction. When fermentation was complete or we were otherwise satisfied with the level of tannin and flavor extract, the must was gently pressed. After settling, the wine was racked to 100% small oak barrels with approximately 50% new oak, and then barrel aged 22 months with five rackings. The final blend was bottled unfined and unfiltered to preserve its natural flavors.