L'Ecole No 41 Walla Walla Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
|Appellation||Walla Walla Valley|
|Brand||L'Ecole No 41|
Wine SpectatorBroad and open-textured, brimming with cherry, blackberry, floral and licorice flavors. The finish gains lift and momentum against buffed, fine-grained tannins. Has presence and an earthy tinge. Best from 2018 through 2023. 2,200 cases made.
Wine EnthusiastAll varietal, this wine is a blend of fruit from seven different vineyards, ranging from those planted in river rock to those in windblown loess. Aromas of cherry, barrel spice, cocoa and dried herb lead to tart fruit flavors and bold tannins. It needs time to stretch its legs.
Wine AdvocateMore complex than the Columbia Valley Cabernet, the 2013 Walla Walla Cabernet Sauvignon (100% Cabernet aged in 40% new French oak) reveals a healthy ruby/purple color as well as perfumed cedar, spice-box, crushed flowers and cassis and black raspberry like fruit. The oak is present, but nicely integrated. This medium to full-bodied, beautifully polished 2013 has solid mid-palate depth and enough tannin to keep it evolving gracefully for another decade or more.