L'Ecole No 41 Seven Hills Vineyard Estate Perigee 2016
|Region||United States, Washington, Walla Walla Valley|
|Brand||L'Ecole No 41|
Perigee exemplifies this vineyard’s characteristic cedary, black cherry, richly structured elegance. Alluring aromas of mint, cigar box and raspberry, are accented with flavors of red currant, praline, truffle and earth, on a chalky tannin finish.
Bright, saturated ruby-red. Brooding aromas of blackberry, blueberry, black pepper, violet and bitter chocolate; youthfully medicinal but not green. Plush, seamless and mouth-saturating but with a tighter grain than the Apogee bottling. Boasts lovely sweetness and intensity to its purple and black berry flavors lifted by violet and cedar nuances. The firm tannins dust the front teeth, incisors and cheeks on the very long, mounting finish. L'Ecole has been doing extended maceration for the Cabernet Sauvignon in this blend, in order to build a more structurally sound wine for aging. And Clubb has been adding more Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc due to the warmth of this site, noting that these varieties can struggle to ripen in other spots. (40% new oak)
The 2016 Estate Perigee Seven Hills Vineyard, from another top site in Walla Walla, checks in as 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc, and the rest Petit Verdot and Malbec, all of which spent 22 months in 40% new French oak. It too offers a saturated purple color as well as a more rounded, plum, full-bodied style in its blackcurrants, tobacco leaf, damp earth, and chocolate aromas and flavors. Ripe, rounded, and plush, yet with considerable mid-palate depth and building tannins, it's approachable today but will benefit from short-term cellaring and keep for over a decade.
Structured and well-focused, with layered currant, stony mineral and black olive accents that finish with well-buffed tannins. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec. Drink now through 2027. 1,350 cases made.
This wine is 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc, 9% Petit Verdot and 7% Malbec. Aromas of leafy green herb, cherry cordial, wood and vanilla intertwine with lavender and orange peel accents. The fruit flavors are elegant and highly structured, brightened by tart acidity. Best after 2024.
An impressive red blend, the 2016 Perigee Seven Hills Vineyard Estate is composed of 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc, 9% Petit Verdot and 7% Malbec. The wine is complex on the nose, opening with the aromas of black and red fruits and a soft tart line of acidity through the core. It is full-bodied and expressive on the palate, with a clean, correct and balanced center of fruit and lifting tannins that elevate the expression. The wine ends with flavors of blackberry and dark plum on the long, lingering finish. Give this one more year in bottle, and then enjoy it over the next decade. 1,350 cases were produced.