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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...
- 93 Points -
Offering up notes of black cherries, cassis, pencil lead and loamy soil, the 2015 Apogee Pepper Bridge Vineyard is medium to full-bodied, supple and concentrated, balanced by juicy acids. While it's also somewhat firm and chewy on the finish, it's comparatively open-knit and giving, and I'm more confident that it will reward a few years' patience with an outstanding showing. This site in the Walla Walla has a good track record for producing age-worthy but giving wines.See detailed press review
- 92 Points -
Stephen Tanzer, November 2018
Dark ruby-red. Superripe but not roasted on the nose, with aromas of cassis, blackberry, violet and dark chocolate complicated by mint and mocha nuances from the Malbec. Plush, rich, tactile wine with a distinct pyrazine character that should be transformed into tobacco in a few years, typical of the Pepper Bridge vineyard. At once creamy and juicy, this wine finishes with suave tannins and lovely sneaky length. Walla Walla's cool sites often perform very well in the warm years, and this is prime example.See detailed press review