L'Ecole No. 41 was the third winery to open in Walla Walla Valley in Washington State. The winery, housed in the historic
Frenchtown School, remains one of the state's most important - for its history, its vineyards, its forward thinking owners and
most of all, its wines. A family owned business, L'Ecole No 41 was founded in 1983 by Jean and Baker Ferguson. Today it is
owned and operated by their daughter and son-in-law, Megan and Martin Clubb. The winery maintains its original focus on
Merlot and Semillon and also produces Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Chardonnay and Chenin Blanc. The estate fruit is grown
at the acclaimed Seven Hills Vineyard, co-owned with Leonetti Cellar and Pepper Bridge Winery. Established relationships
with proven Columbia Valley vineyards such as Klipsun, Bacchus, Dionysus, Milbrandt, Portteus, Fair Acre Farms, Wahluke
Slope Vineyards and Willard Farms provide the rest of the fruit. Many of these vineyards were planted in the 1970's or early
1980's. The Semillon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon are all barrel aged. A recently built concrete tilt
barrel storage facility accommodates inventory of over 2,000 French and American oak barrels. Wine & Spirits named L'Ecole
No. 41 Winery of the Year in its 2010 Annual Buying Guide. L'Ecole has received this honor eight consecutive times, placing
them in Wine & Spirits Hall of Fame.
|(83% Semillon/17% Sauvignon Blanc). A blend from several premium vineyards – Rosebud, Klipsun, Seven Hills Vineyard
and Les Collines Vineyard. The fruit was lightly whole cluster pressed to tank and allowed to settle. Racked off the solids into
mostly neutral French oak, then barrel fermented. 50% of the wine was aged on the lees for several months.