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Date Printed: 9/30/2014
L'Ecole 41 Walla Walla Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2001
L'Ecole 41 Walla Walla Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2001
(search item no. 75901)
Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 9/30/2014: $37.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2000 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1998 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
1998 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The spicy aromas from this wine exude cassis and cinnamon with loads of dark berry fruit and currants extending through the finish.

81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc. This wine is a blend of three Walla Walla Valley vineyards: 45% Seven Hills Vineyard, 38% Windrow, and 17% Pepper Bridge Vineyards

"L'ecole hits the mark with its Walla Walla Cab. It may not be vineyard designated, but who cares whn it's so ripe, rich and complex? Tightly reined in around the edge, it focuses the coffee-scented blackberry currant, cherry and chocolate flavors into a bright beam that lasts and lasts on the generous, spicy finish. Drink now through 2010."
-Wine Spectator Weekly

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About L'Ecole 41:

L'Ecole No 41, a family owned vineyard, has been producing premium handcrafted varietal wines since 1983 in the historic Frenchtown School in Lowden, Washington. Having been founded by Jean and Baker Ferguson, the winery is now owned and operated by their daughter and son-in-law, Megan and Martin Clubb. Martin has been the general manager and winemaker since 1989.

In 1984, shortly after the first 1983 vintage was resting in barrel, Jean and Baker Ferguson, the founders, held a contest with all the relatives' children under grade six. The objective: draw a colorful drawing to be used as a wine label. Some of the children drew pictures of the school building, others drew bottles of wine with glasses, and at least one drew a picture of the cat. The prize at the time was $100 cash, plus royalties on posters sold (fortunately the state liquor board would not allow royalties on the wine).

The winner: 8 year old third grade cousin Ryan Campbell. Ryan's watercolor of the schoolhouse was drawn just about the time of Walla Walla's Hot Air Balloon Stampede, and he came up with the grape cluster balloon. All of the entries, including Ryan's original, hang in the tasting room for visitors to admire. Today, Ryan has just completed his Architecture Degree at the University of Idaho.