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L'Ecole No. 41 Apogee Pepper Bridge Vineyard 2009

L'Ecole No. 41 Apogee Pepper Bridge Vineyard 750ml 2009   
Sku: 1789522

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L’Ecole No. 41, the third winery to open in Walla Walla Valley in Washington State, was founded in 1983 by Jean and Baker Ferguson. Today it is owned and operated by their daughter and son-in-law, Megan and Martin Clubb. The estate fruit is grown at the acclaimed Seven Hills Vineyard which is co-owned with Leonetti Cellar and Pepper Bridge Winery. Established relationships with highly regarded Columbia Valley vineyards such as Klipsun, Bacchus, Dionysus, Milbrandt, Portteus, Fair Acre Farms, Wahluke Slope Vineyards and Willard Farms provide the rest of the fruit. Many of these vineyards were planted in the 1970’s or early 1980’s. The Semillon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon are all barrel aged. A recently built concrete tilt barrel storage facility can accommodate as many as 2,000 oak barrels. All Walla Walla Valley vineyards are certified sustainable and certified Salmon Safe. Wine & Spirits named L’Ecole No. 41 Winery of the Year in its 2010 Annual Buying Guide. L’Ecole has received this honor eight consecutive times, placing them in Wine & Spirits Hall of Fame.

Tasting notes
Aromas of game, spice, sweet pipe tobacco and leather precede notes of dense dark fruit and hints of smoke, cocoa and mint. Grippy tannins provide structure on the persistent finish.

Technical notes
(60% Cabernet Sauvignon/30% Merlot/7% Malbec/3% Cabernet Franc). The Pepper Bridge Vineyard is planted on the terraced remnants of flood deposits from the ice age. Fruit from this vineyard is generally acknowledged as some of Walla Walla’s finest. Each lot was hand-harvested, gently crushed into 1.5 ton stainless steel fermentors, manually punched down and aged for 22 months in small French oak barrels (50% new).

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Country: United States
Region: Washington
Sub-Region: Columbia Valley
Appellation: Walla Walla Valley
Grape Varietal: Bordeaux Blend
Type: Still wine
Reg. 54.99
On Sale $43.99
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