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L'Ecole No. 41

Cabernet Sauvignon, 2003

USA Washington State

Columbia Valley 75cl

This is the latest release of L'Ecole Cabernet hot on the heels of Noel's review of the 2002.
100 % Cabernet from a selection of premium vineyards with an average vine age of about 25 years. 2003 was the warmest vintage for over two decades in this part of WA and harvest was over a month long depending on vineyard site. Like the 02 this spends 22 months in small oak barrels (40% new )
Ripe and expressive nose maybe even more toasty almost mocha coffee than notes for 02 and big and glycerolic (nudging 14% alc.) Maybe slightly more cake and cassis than 2002 and drinking Ok about now but ideally needs another 9 months with great promise once fruit alcohol and oak all balance out

Published: 23 February 2006

, Author: Jamie

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