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A family-owned business, L'Ecole Nº 41 was founded by Jean and Baker Ferguson. Today, the winery is owned and operated by their daughter and son-in-law, Megan and Martin Clubb. Built in 1915, the schoolhouse is located in historic Frenchtown, a small community just west of Walla Walla, Washington. Frenchtown derived its name from the many French-Canadians who settled the valley during the early 1800s. Legend has it, these men of French descent were raising grapes and producing wine. By the...
Frenchtown shows aromas of wild berries, fresh plum, black currant and baking spice. The generous fresh fruit flavors stay focused through an integrated finish
The 2014 vintage was a repeat of the warm 2013 vintage with heat units nearly identical, and no unusual winter frost, pest, or disease pressure. Fruit set was near ideal. Modest fall day-time temperatures and cool nights resulted in a rich and vibrant structure with bold color development. Overall warmer conditions delivered ample sugars and surprisingly strong acids, particularly in our higher elevation sites.
The wine was aged 9 months in primarily neutral French and American oak barrels, then bottle aged 6 additional months prior to release
- 90 Points -
Supple and velvety, with spicy accents to the dark berry and licorice flavors, coming together smoothly and deftly on the expressive finish. Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Grenache and Mourvèdre. Drink now through 2021. 5,000 cases made.See detailed press review
Bill Zacharkiw, August 2017
Bordeaux-meets-Rhône blend that works extremely well. Merlot-driven, showing a plush mid-palate with dark berry fruit. The syrah brings the florals, very pretty aromatics. Lots of earthier notes as well, with liquorice and a slight sheep cheese note. Tannins are grippy but already yield more than enough that you can drink this now with pleasure. August 2017See detailed press review
Jean Aubry, August 2017
Espérons que les accords du libre-échange permettront toujours dans le futur le passage à la frontière de ce beau rouge de caractère. Un vin complet doté de tanins magnifiques, à la fois fins et serrés, construits sur la fraîcheur et le support d’un élevage judicieux qui laisse la finale ascensionnelle d’une rare précision. (10 +) ©See detailed press review