2010 L'Ecole No. 41 Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1130638 92 points Wine Enthusiast

 *Cellar Sellection* L’Ecole’s Columbia Valley Cabernet is again 100% varietal; the blending magic comes from a mix of excellent vineyards. This is a classy, classic wine, with pinpoint structure and spot-on varietal character. The compact palate is packed with details, and though it’s drinking well, it is clearly a wine to cellar for a while longer. Notes of clean earth, clover, herb and light chocolate add depth to a core of black cherry and cassis.  (9/ 2013)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright, dark red-ruby. Perfumed aromas of cassis, licorice and sweet oak are lifted by a violet note. Juicy, shapely and pure, with lovely restrained sweetness and excellent cut to the blackberry and currant fruit flavors. Finishes with fine-grained chocolatey tannins, good energy and lovely verve. Sophisticated, lively cabernet with aging potential.  (11/ 2013)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A 100% Cabernet Sauvignon that comes from a variety of vineyards throughout the Columbia Valley, the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley spent 22 months in 33% new oak barrels prior to bottling. A rock solid Cabernet, with plenty of black currant, forest floor, herbs and background meatiness, it flows onto the palate with a medium-bodied, moderately concentrated, yet balanced and highly drinkable profile that-s hard to resist. It represents solid value for the quality and will evolve gracefully over the coming 6-7 years. Drink now-2020. One of the oldest producers in the Walla Walla Valley, with over three decades of history, L-Ecole 41 has been run by Megan and Marty Clubb since 1989. A relatively large producer, they have distribution throughout the US and produce a solid lineup of both value priced wines and top tier efforts.  (6/ 2013)

K&L Notes

L'Ecole's original, colorful child's watercolor label has all grown up into a sepia-toned version of staid respectability. But so has this Walla Walla wine region pioneer, now a 35,000 case winery. This Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced from proven vineyards with an average vine age of over 20 years.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
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United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.
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Washington

- Washington has become one of the most important wine producing states in the United States, and development continues to grow rapidly. In 1969, when California was exploding as a wine producer, Washington had only two wineries, but by 2000 that number had passed 100. Most of Washington's grape crop goes to uses other than wine. Merlot and Chardonnay have been the most successful in Washington. It's interesting to note that Washington's prime wine regions are located at 46° north, along the same latitude as the legendary French wine districts of Bordeaux and Burgundy. During the summer, Washington averages more than two hours more sunlight each day compared to California.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.5