L'Ecole No 41 Walla Walla Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
|Region||United States, Washington, Walla Walla Valley|
|Brand||L'Ecole No 41|
Wine AdvocateVarietally pure and sourced from five sites including those of the estate, L'Ecole's 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla delivers rich cassis and mulberry mingled with sea oats and sprinkled with black pepper. An aura of distilled pit fruits lends the nose high-toned intensity. A savor of salted caramel and nut oils, along with hints of almond extract and vanilla, make for an almost honeyed but at the same time mouthwatering impression through a lingering finish. This handsome effort ought to be worth following for at least a half dozen years. (The corresponding generic bottling was a bit chewy and graceless.)
Wine EnthusiastDense and complex, the winery's Walla Walla Cabernet offers a beguiling nose of toast, coffee and baking spice, combining to create a scent of a liquid coffee cake. Vineyard sources are scattered throughout the Walla Walla Valley and play together well, with a mineral base under the tart, focused black fruit.
Wine SpectatorGamy flavors get in the way of the dark berry fruit. Polished finish. Drink now. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 2,230 cases made.