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L'Ecole No. 41 Syrah Walla Walla Valley Seven Hills Vineyard 2005

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L’Ecole 41 was founded in 1983 by Jean and Baker Ferguson and is now run by their daughter and son-in-law, Megan and Marty Clubb. The schoolhouse after which the winery is named was built in 1915 in Frenchtown, a small community just west of Walla Walla whose own name is derived from the many French-Canadians who settled there in the early 1800’s and planted the original vineyards. The French name of the winery is in recognition of their efforts (the number 41 is the number of the precinct to which the school once belonged). The goal at L’Ecole 41 is to achieve clean, ripe, stylistically expressive and aromatic wines that allow the character of the individual vineyards to shine through. There is great focus on vineyard management and minimal winemaking: gravity flow, minimal handling, aggressive pruning and green harvesting and sustainable vineyard practices. The crown jewels at L’Ecole 41 are the two single vineyards in Walla Walla which they jointly own with Leonetti Cellar and Pepper Bridge winery. These are the Seven Hills vineyard, which provides around 35% of the winery’s production, and Pepper Bridge, which was planted in 1991 and now covers around 180 acres. The cool 2005 Spring provided perfect conditions for balanced tissue regeneration and canopy growth on the heels of the hard 2004 Winter. Late summer ripening delivered up excellent quality despite lower than normal yields, a staunch reminder that sometimes the best vintages are cultivated from less than ideal growing conditions. This Seven Hills Vineyard Estate Syrah is loaded with dark spicy peppery aromas of leather, tobacco, and earth. The rich mid-palate shows flavors of ripe plum, jam, and dense blackberry that give way to a concentrated and unrelenting earthy mineral finish. It would be beautifully paired with roasted vegetables, and beef stew or pizza if you just want to relex.

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L'Ecole No 41:
L'Ecole Nº 41 has been producing premium, handcrafted varietal wines in the Walla Walla Valley since 1983 in the historic Frenchtown School in Lowden, Washington. Within this web site you will discover: Our rich history and longevity in making wines in the Walla Walla Valley Our dedication to making premium varietal wines from some of Washington's finest vineyard sites Our commi... Read more
L'Ecole Nº 41 has been producing premium, handcrafted varietal wines in the Walla Walla Valley since 1983 in the historic Frenchtown School in Lowden, Washington. Within this web site you will discover: Our rich history and longevity in making wines in the Walla Walla Valley Our dedication to making premium varietal wines from some of Washington's finest vineyard sites Our commitment to superior vineyard management and environmentally sustainable vineyard practices Our desire to provide our valuable customers with a unique, quality experience year after year Thank you for the opportunity to share our story. Read less

External Reviews for L'Ecole No. 41 Syrah Walla Walla Valley Seven Hills Vineyard

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Source: ONLINEWEINKELLER.de
02/24/2010

L'Ecole N° 41 Seven Hills Walla Walla Syrah 2005: lagerfähig 7 - 10 Jahre ab Jahrgang, Dekantier-Empfehlung (1 Std. vorher belüften), Empfohlene Serviertemperatur: 16-18°C, in Barriques gereift (12 Monate)Jahrgang: 2005Inhalt: 0,75 LRegion: Washington StateWeingut: L'Ecole N° 41Rebsorte: 100% SyrahRestzucker: trockenRestsäure: 6,1 g/LiterAlkoholgehalt: 0.15 Rotwein



L’Ecole 41 was founded in 1983 by Jean and Baker Ferguson and is now run by their daughter and son-in-law, Megan and Marty Clubb. The schoolhouse after which the winery is named was built in 1915 in Frenchtown, a small community just west of Walla Walla whose own name is derived from the many French-Canadians who settled there in the early 1800’s and planted the original vineyards. The French name of the winery is in recognition of their efforts (the number 41 is the number of the precinct to which the school once belonged). The goal at L’Ecole 41 is to achieve clean, ripe, stylistically expressive and aromatic wines that allow the character of the individual vineyards to shine through. There is great focus on vineyard management and minimal winemaking: gravity flow, minimal handling, aggressive pruning and green harvesting and sustainable vineyard practices. The crown jewels at L’Ecole 41 are the two single vineyards in Walla Walla which they jointly own with Leonetti Cellar and Pepper Bridge winery. These are the Seven Hills vineyard, which provides around 35% of the winery’s production, and Pepper Bridge, which was planted in 1991 and now covers around 180 acres. The cool 2005 Spring provided perfect conditions for balanced tissue regeneration and canopy growth on the heels of the hard 2004 Winter. Late summer ripening delivered up excellent quality despite lower than normal yields, a staunch reminder that sometimes the best vintages are cultivated from less than ideal growing conditions. This Seven Hills Vineyard Estate Syrah is loaded with dark spicy peppery aromas of leather, tobacco, and earth. The rich mid-palate shows flavors of ripe plum, jam, and dense blackberry that give way to a concentrated and unrelenting earthy mineral finish. It would be beautifully paired with roasted vegetables, and beef stew or pizza if you just want to relex.

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