Monday, April 19, 2021

L’Ecole No. 41 2015 Perigee, Walla Walla Valley

L'Ecole Perigee sends wine lovers into orbit.

Artisan Wine In Walla Walla

When the topic is Washington State wine, L’Ecole No. 41 Winery is usually in the middle of the conversation. L’Ecole is a third-generation family winery that has been producing artisan wine since 1983. It was the third winery established in the wondrous Walla Walla Valley.

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Not only does it have the pedigree, but its prominence and visibility have grown along with its national and international distribution. When we saw the L’Ecole Perigee on sale, we quickly snapped it up.

We recently returned to Ohio to visit family and friends and I wanted to have a stirring wine to share. With our friends Steve and Maria, we opened the bottle out on Steve’s deck.

A World-Class Vineyard

The 2015 Perigee is 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot, 14% Cab Franc, 7% Petit Verdot and 7% Malbec. We like that blend, not over-weighted with Cabernet Sauvignon.

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The grapes come from the famed Seven Hills Vineyard. L’Ecole is a partner in the 190-acre vineyard, which has been named one of the Top Ten Vineyards of the World by Wine & Spirits magazine. The vineyard has wind-blown loess and the soils are geologically young and rich in minerals. The oldest and most distinguished vineyard blocks are used in this flagship wine.

Heavenly Glass Of Wine

As the sky darkened the fire pit was lit and the wine flowed along with the conversation. The perigee is the part of an orbit that is closest to Earth. So, I’d like to think that in this case, something heavenly came down within our reach.

The wine is a dark beauty, big smooth and velvety. Multiple layers improve as it unwinds in the glass. There are layers of rich plum and blueberries melded with earth and cedar notes. The tannins are finely polished, leading to a rewarding finish.

This is a seductive wine, ready to drink now or age for another two to three years. The 2015 vintage is sold out, but the 2017 is available from the winery at $54.

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