L'Ecole No 41 Ferguson Vineyard Red Blend 2017
|Region||United States, Washington, Walla Walla Valley|
|Brand||L'Ecole No 41|
I loved the 2017 Ferguson Estate Ferguson Vineyard. This beauty is complex and nuanced, with stunning notes of crème de cassis, unsmoked tobacco, graphite, and crushed rocks. Rich, full-bodied, and concentrated, with good acidity and loads of structure, it's a balanced, beautiful wine that needs 4-5 years of bottle age and will evolve for over two decades. The blend is 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc, and the rest Malbec, aged 22 months in 50% new oak.
Bright red-ruby but not quite as saturated as the Perigee (this wine is actually higher in acidity and has a higher pH than that wine). Complex, lightly medicinal aromas of dark berries, licorice, peppery herbs, tobacco leaf, menthol and minerals. Plush, fine-grained and concentrated, showing a restrained sweetness and a strong spicy quality to its piquant pomegranate and cranberry flavors, plus a subtle suggestion of white fruits. Conveys a strong impression of terroir character in its mineral firmness and brisk wind-driven acidity. Really showcases this fascinating site's long growing season in its combination of flavor complexity, intensity, gripping acidity and density without weight. Finishes with very refined tannins, resounding length and a touch of austerity. No easy sweetness here but already long on personality. (aged in 50% new oak)
Cabernet Sauvignon (60%) and Merlot (28%) comprise the majority of this wine, with Cabernet Franc (7%) and Malbec rounding it out. Aromas of dried leaf, savory herb, dark chocolate, cassis and dried thyme draw you into the glass. The palate shows a sense of polish to the classically styled cranberry and cherry flavors. Lively acidity and brawny, slightly green tannins back it all up. Oak spices linger on the finish. It has the acidity and tannin stuffing to go the distance and then some. Best after 2025 with a long life beyond that.
A blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc and 5% Malbec, the 2017 Ferguson Vineyard opens with an expressive nose with an aromatic lift. Wafting from the glass, the wine showcases a frame of delineated red and black fruits with a soft undertone of minerality that supports notions of succulent cherry, plum, spiced blackberry and elegant oak tones. Full-bodied, the wine is rich and focused, showing layers across the mid-palate with a balanced structure and lifted tannic edge. A sensation of mineral tension creeps along with flavors of dark chocolate-covered cherries, mocha, cinnamon, vanilla and plum preserves on the long-lingering finish. Nicely done.
Precise and tightly structured, with multilayered currant, crushed stone and espresso accents that build tension toward medium-grained tannins. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec. Best from 2021 through 2030. 1,330 cases made.