L'Ecole No. 41 Walla Walla Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 - 750ml

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94pts James Suckling
Aromas of black fruit, chocolate and mint on the nose. Full-bodied with chewy tannins. Structured and juicy on the palate with an energetic, savory finish with length. Polished and linear at the end. Try after 2024.

93pts Jeb Dunnuck

All Cabernet brought up in 40% new French oak, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley is slightly more expensive than the larger production Columbia Valley release, but I think it’s a better wine in 2018. Beautiful cassis, tobacco, chocolate, and earth notes emerge on the nose, and it’s medium to full-bodied, with a round, mouth-filling texture, plenty of chewy tannins, and a great finish. It shows the pure, elegant style of the vintage nicely and is going to deliver the goods over the coming 10-15 years.

92pts Wine Enthusiast

Chocolate and cherry flavors rise up from the glass, with plenty of coffee, spice and dried herb accents along with them. The palate brings bountiful tannin along with a zing of acidity. There's a whole lot of structure here. It will have an extremely long life ahead of it. Best after 2028. SEAN P. SULLIVAN

92pts Wine & Spirits
From mostly estate sources, this wine starts off big-shouldered and grippy, with scents of menthol, only to fill in with a gorgeous briary plum fruit. It’s plenty con-centrated, with the grip for a charry, smoky steak, blue and bloody. Best Buy

90pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Beginning with an oak-driven and fresh-fruited nose, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla bursts from the glass with elements crème de cassis, vanilla and sweet oak tones before elements of dusty plum and dark cherry sway out of a glass with subtle floral tones. Medium to full-bodied, the oak expressions continue on the palate along with a persistent flavor of bitter black tea and firm tannins that grip the gumline. The wine concludes with a firm tannic edge and juicy black fruit essence. The wine rested for 22 months in all French oak, 40% new. Let this one rest for an additional year to 18 months before opening, and drink through this decade.

Winemaker Notes

Beautifully structured, this stylish Cabernet immediately impresses with its aromatic purity, displaying savory cigar box and graphite, with pretty rose and black currant. In the mouth, espresso flavors underpin black plum, lavender, and blueberry notes. Robust yet polished, it concludes with a persistent finish.

 

This wine is a blend sourced from prestigious vineyard sites representing four unique soil types in the Walla Walla Valley, 50% of which are L’Ecole’s Estate vineyards. Its old-world structure, dense dark fruit flavors and elegant tannins exemplify the best of Walla Walla.