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Thursday, November 08, 2007

2004 L'Ecole No 41 Cabernet Sauvignon

This Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is produced by a well known and pretty renoun Washington State winery that is more known for their Merlot than their Cabernet. They do very well with Bordeaux varietals which is no surprise because of their location in Columbia Valley. I believe regions in Washington will someday rival Napa as being the best American producers of Bordeaux varietals. The 04' vintage was ruff because of harsh winter frosts but this dramatically reduced yields in some vineyards which actually made for more concentrated fruit and less but higher quality wines.

The aromas of this wine are quite beautiful and reveal nuances of red currant, black cherry, black raspberry, and touch of pepper from the oak. The dark fruit flavors are ripe and lucious and seamlessly unfold into ripe blackberry, black currant, leather, and a glimpse of dark chocolate that turns into a smoky finish. The wine has great concentration and nicely integrated tannins which help to firm up the ripe fruit flavors. I really enjoy this wine because it's not over done and has an elegance an refined structure. I score the wine 91 points.

 
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