Perigee, 2016. L'Ecole No. 41 Seven Hills Vineyard

Perigee, 2016. L'Ecole No. 41 Seven Hills Vineyard

Item #: XR7167W
Vintage: 2016
Varietal: Red Blend
Vineyard/Appellation: Walla Walla, Washington
Color: Deep Garnet
Nose: Cedar and Dark Fruit
Palate: Blackberry, Cigar Box, Herbal Flavors
Finish: Cocoa, Earth, Silky
Rating: 93
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now through 2026/Red Meat, Game/14.5% Alcohol by Volume

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This Estate Perigee captures the essence of Seven Hills Vineyard's characteristic rich elegance, seductive aromas and earthy structure. L'Ecole has been producing wines from Seven Hills Vineyard since 1993. We hand-select our oldest and most distinguished blocks to produce this stunning, flagship wine. L'Ecole No 41 is a partner in the 190 acre acclaimed Seven Hills Vineyard, which is planted in wind-blown loess of geologically young and mineral rich soils.

Originally planted in 1981, this Certified Sustainable and Salmon Safe vineyard was recognized as one of the Ten Great Vineyards of the World by Wine & Spirits Magazine. The 2016 vintage looks like another spectacular and large harvest for Washington State; it started early with a mild winter, hot spring, and early bud break, suggesting another warm year was on the way. Moderate June weather was ideal for bloom and fruit set. July temperatures were lower than normal, allowing for healthy berry and cluster growth. Continued mild weather through August and September stretched the growing season allowing the fruit to ripen gradually and evenly, with lower sugars and higher acidity. The longer hang-time produced fantastic balance of favor and structure in both the white and red varieties.

Over 30 years of meticulous vineyard management and winemaking experience are fundamental to the quality of our wines and reputation for excellence. We are engaged in growing and making 100% of our wines. Each lot was hand harvested ripe and gently crushed into 1.5 and 5 ton open-topped stainless steel fermenters. Gentle handling of the fruit through hand punch downs and gravity assisted movements were utilized throughout the entire winemaking process. The wine was cleanly racked to 100% small French oak barrels, 40% new, with five rackings over 22 months.