L’Ecole No. 41 2009 Seven Hills Vineyard Estate Cabernet Franc, Walla Walla Valley, $36

By on March 10, 2013

L'Ecole No. 41 2009 Estate Cab FrancStarting in 2006, the Lowden, Wash., schoolhouse began taking a portion of its Cabernet Franc from Block 8 and bottling it for wine club members. Those who relish the herbaceous qualities of many Cab Francs won’t find it here. Instead, there’s a fistful of purple fruit and a pinch of black pepper both in the nose and the palate. Those President plum and blueberry flavors pack plenty of the food-friendly acidity running just behind the tannin structure. Try serving with Bobby Flay’s Molasses Glazed Pork Roast with Black Pepper Dumplings.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 220 cases

Alcohol: 14.5%

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One Comment

  1. Jim Lee

    March 13, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    During our spring visit to Walla Walla last year we did our ritual stop at L’Ecole and tasted thru the reserve wines. Due to limited space in our shipping case, I was limited to two bottles from this WW pillar. I choose the 2009 SH Cab Franc…my fav. Both are now resting peacefully in my cellar back in MS! After reading the review, it may be time to uncork one.

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