L’Ecole No 41, as many of you are well familiar with, is a family-owned winery located in Washington State. The tasting room is housed in a much talked about early 1900’s schoolhouse that I hope to visit one day soon. From what I’ve heard and seen through pictures, the tasting room still has an old schoolhouse feel to it; with chalk boards, desks, and bookshelves (just substitute the students for wine enthusiasts). Over the years, I’ve enjoyed everything from Semillon to Cabernet Sauvignon from this producer, and their Columbia Valley produced wines are easy to find and reasonably priced. The L’Ecole No 41 winemaking team of Marty Clubb and Mike Sharon, in my humble opinion, have the Midas touch when it comes to Merlot (attention: those of you still bitten by the Sideways bug). I have always been pleased with their Columbia Valley offering and particularly charmed by their estate-grown selection from the Walla Walla Valley AVA.
L’Ecole No 41 Estate 2008 Perigee (Nice label)
Today’s Quick Sip, the L’Ecole No 41 2008 Estate Perigee, is a single-vineyard Bordeaux-style blend (55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc, 4% Malbec, and 4% Petit Verdot) sourced from the best and oldest blocks of the producer’s [co-owned] Seven Hills Vineyard. I will be popping the cork on this wine with oodles of other wine tweeps today for L’Ecole No 41’s Perigee Full Moon virtual tasting from 4PM to 6PM PST on Twitter. The Seven Hills Vineyard (where the fruit comes from), first planted in the 1980’s, is a well-known vineyard in Walla Walla that produces exceptional and expressive red wines. Earlier this year, Stephen Brook of Decanter magazine, named the 2008 Estate Perigee one of the Top 10 Bordeaux blends in Washington State. Owner and managing winemaker Marty Clubb, views Perigee as the ultimate expression of L’Ecole No 41’s Seven Hills Vineyard. I’m honored to have the opportunity to share a glass, thoughts, and tweets with all of you later today on Twitter (Hash-tag: #perigee41) from 4PM to 6PM PST. And since I just popped the cork to decant a third of it, five words come to mind: balance, complex, accessible, elegance – and lastly, delicious. Nice job, @lecole41 -- see everyone online at 4PM PST. Cheers!
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