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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...
With its classic varietal Cabernet profile, this focused and integrated wine shows layers of dark fruit, coffee, sage and baking spice. Flavors of plum, blackberry and cassis vibrantly mingle with dusty fine tannins through a balanced, expressive finish.
Bud break occurred in mid-April followed by bloom in early June, both about one week ahead of normal. Continued heat in July kept berry size small, with thicker skins, denser structure, with highly colored and flavorful wines. Harvest started in early September on the warmer sites. A dramatic change in weather mid-September shifted to cool yet dry conditions through the rest of harvest.
For over 30 years, L’Ecole has built long term partnerships with the oldest and most proven vineyards, providing access to some of the best fruit in the Columbia Valley. With average vine age of more than 20 years, this wine shows a classic Cabernet Sauvignon profile of firm structure, integrated tannins and dark expressive fruit. Continued heat in July kept berry size small, with thicker skins, denser structure, with highly colored and flavorful wines.