L'Ecole 41 Syrah 2016, 375ml, Columbia Valley, Washington

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. By the 1860s, nurseries, vineyards and winemaking had become a part of the regions’ growing economy. The name – L’Ecole Nº 41 French for “the school” located in district number 41 – was chosen to salute these pioneer viticulture efforts. 2014 vintage – Syrah 80%, Grenache 20%. Each lot of grapes was hand-harvested ripe and gently crushed into 1 ton stainless steel fermenters. The must was inoculated with yeast and punched down by hand during fermentation to maximize fruit extraction. After fermentation, the must was gravity fed into the press. After a gentle pressing, the wine was racked to tank and allowed to settle. The wine was then racked to 100% small oak barrels, mostly 2 years and older and was barrel aged 18 months with 4 rackings. The growing region in Washington State is ideally suited to maximize the full expression of Syrah. Spicy, rich and complex, with soft tannins and bright acidity.