L'Ecole no 41 Pepper Bridge Vineyard Apogee 2009



This bold, sophisticated and complex wine has dark, brooding aromas of game and spice with hints of sweet tobacco and leather. Dense dark fruit is wrapped in nuances of smoke, cocoa and mint with firm tannins on a persistent finish

L’Ecole No 41 has been producing Pepper Bridge Vineyard Apogee since 1993.  Apogee represents our best effort to capture this vineyard’s distinctive and characteristic spicy bold aromas, dark fruit flavors, robust tannins and rich structure.

Rand Sealey's Review of Washington Wines
Score: 19+/20 points
Date Reviewed: November 2012
“A blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 7% Malbec and 3% Cabernet Franc, this wine 
displays a deep crimson color and a perfumed nose of wild strawberries, cherries and cassis with scents of 
violets, orange peel, tobacco and a hint of mint. The dark fruit flavors are deep and well structured, 
interwoven with licorice, cocoa powder, roasted coffee beans and earth minerals. The back picks up notes of 
dried berries, crème de cassis, vanillin and a touch of leather, followed by a squeeze of cherry juice prefacing the 
ripe tannins and integrated oak (again, 50% new French), all melding together into a deep, elegant red.”
Wines Northwest
Date Reviewed: December 2012
“Before we go too far, bookmark www.lecole.com/walla-walla-valley and read the sections on vineyard sources 
for these first two wines. Winemaker Marty Clubb has crafted Apogee and Perigee since 2002 and each 
vintage offers new insights into Walla Walla Valley fruit... and L’Ecole winemaking. Marty strives to offer 
Old World character in his wines. Look for cassis and black cherry with ample toasty spice, tobacco, coffee, 
vanilla and herbs – very good with lamb and beef.” – Chuck Hill
Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar
Score: 90+ points 
Date Reviewed: November/December 2012
“Bright red-ruby. Musky redcurrant, red cherry, plum, tobacco leaf and dried flowers, with hints of 
woodsmoke and spices; distinctly claret-like. Then rich and plump if a bit youthfully aggressive, with a 
restrained sweetness to its chocolate, plum and floral flavors. Finishes broad and classically dry, with a smooth 
dusting of tannins and very good length. I'd give this a coup

L'Ecole no 41 Pepper Bridge Vineyard Apogee 2009
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