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2014 L'ECOLE NO. 41 Frenchtown

L'ECOLE NO. 41 Frenchtown 2014

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  • Country
  • Country
  • United States
  • Regulated designation
  • Regulated designation
  • American Viticultural Areas (AVA)
  • Region
  • Region
  • Washington
  • Subregion
  • Subregion
  • Columbia Valley
  • Varietal(s)
  • Varietal(s)
  • Merlot
    Cabernet Sauvignon
    Malbec
    Cabernet Franc
    Petit Verdot
  • Color
  • Color
  • Red
  • Sugar
  • Sugar
  • Dry
  • About this winery

    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...

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  • Tasting notes

    Frenchtown shows aromas of wild berries, fresh plum, black currant and baking spice. The generous fresh fruit flavors stay focused through an integrated finish

  • Viticultural notes

    The 2014 vintage was a repeat of the warm 2013 vintage with heat units nearly identical, and no unusual winter frost, pest, or disease pressure. Fruit set was near ideal. Modest fall day-time temperatures and cool nights resulted in a rich and vibrant structure with bold color development. Overall warmer conditions delivered ample sugars and surprisingly strong acids, particularly in our higher elevation sites.

  • Winemaking notes

    The wine was aged 9 months in primarily neutral French and American oak barrels, then bottle aged 6 additional months prior to release

Press reviews

  • - 90 Points -

    January 2017

    Supple and velvety, with spicy accents to the dark berry and licorice flavors, coming together smoothly and deftly on the expressive finish. Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Grenache and Mourvèdre. Drink now through 2021. 5,000 cases made.

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    Jean Aubry, August 2017

    Espérons que les accords du libre-échange permettront toujours dans le futur le passage à la frontière de ce beau rouge de caractère. Un vin complet doté de tanins magnifiques, à la fois fins et serrés, construits sur la fraîcheur et le support d’un élevage judicieux qui laisse la finale ascensionnelle d’une rare précision. (10 +) ©

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