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2015 L'Ecole No. 41 "Ferguson Vineyard" Walla Walla Valley Bordeaux Blend

SKU #1401287 95 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark The 2015 Estate Ferguson Vineyard checks in as a blend of 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 7% Cab Franc, and 7% Malbec that spent 22 months in 50% new oak. It's the smallest production release of the top cuvées and comes from a single vineyard in the Walla Walla Valley. Currants, smoke, graphite, toasty oak and a kiss of tobacco leaf all define this ripe, opulent, gorgeously pure and layered red. With a big mid-palate, sweet tannin, and a great finish, it's a beautiful wine from this estate that can be drunk today or cellaring for 10-15 years. Inner quote mark (4/2018)

94 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark The tar and blackberry aromas are impressive with hints of roasted almonds. Full-bodied, layered and delicious. Licorice and hot-stone undertones. Inner quote mark (5/2018)

93 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark This winery's young estate vineyard is proving itself to be a special spot. This is a blend of 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc and 7% Malbec. The brooding aromas of dark cherry, cassis, fresh and dried herb, incense, luxurious oak spices (50% new French), mineral, pencil lead, flower and scorched earth lead to a flavorful but exceptionally well-balanced palate that shows sophistication. The tannins are highly structured but also bring a sense of polish. It has the stuffing to go the distance but needs significant time to settle in. (SS) Inner quote mark (7/2018)

92 points Wine & Spirits

Outer quote mark This represents the fifth vintage of Ferguson, a Cabernet-based blend from L’Ecole’s dramatic basalt-laden, wind-whipped vineyard above Seven Hills. The 2015 feels somewhat cooler than past vintages, still savory in its cedar and cigar-wrapper scents, and spice notes of cardamom and capsicum; but there’s a leafy quality to the plum flavors that lends itself to the texture as well, creating a more elegant feel to the tannins. Ready to drink now, it will age beautifully, and you’d be advised to cellar at least a few bottles to taste in five years, ten years, twenty. Inner quote mark (8/2018)

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