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A family-owned business, L'Ecole Nº 41 was founded by Jean and Baker Ferguson. Today, the winery is owned and operated by their daughter and son-in-law, Megan and Martin Clubb. Built in 1915, the schoolhouse is located in historic Frenchtown, a small community just west of Walla Walla, Washington. Frenchtown derived its name from the many French-Canadians who settled the valley during the early 1800s. Legend has it, these men of French descent were raising grapes and producing wine. By the...
This beautifully balanced Estate Syrah marries aromas of olive, bacon fat, and black pepper with pretty floral notes of violet. The rich mid-palate shows flavors of ripe plum and dense blackberry that give way to a concentrated and unrelenting earthy mineral finish.
30 years of meticulous vineyard management and winemaking experience are fundamental to the quality of our wines and reputation for excellence. We are engaged in growing and making 100% of our wines. Each block was hand harvested. About 20% fermented whole cluster on stems while the remaining was gently crushed into 1.5 ton stainless steel fermenters. Gentle handling of the fruit through hand punch downs and gravity assisted movements were utilized throughout the entire winemaking process. The wine was cleanly racked to 100% small oak barrels, 40% new, with four rackings over 18 months.
Washington State’s climate and soil is ideally suited to maximize the varietal characteristics of Syrah. Crafted from some of the earliest Walla Walla Valley plantings, our Estate Syrah manifests old world attributes of earth, spice and game in combination with the new world profile of bold, expressive and concentrated fruit.
- 91 Points -
Precise and harmonious, with layered raspberry, stony mineral and pepper notes framed by refined tannins.See detailed press review
- 91 Points -
Jeb Dunnuck, June 2017
I loved the 2014 Columbia Valley Syrah (there’s 20% Grenache in the blend) from this estate and it's a great value. Blueberry, pepper, crushed rock and plenty of spice all give way to a rich, textured, flavorful red that's ideal for drinking anytime over the coming 4-5 years, if not longer.See detailed press review