L'Ecole #41 Ferguson Vineyard Estate Red 2019
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2017 vintage notes
97 points, #64 Top 100 Wines of the U.S. 2020, James Suckling: "What a fantastic wine with currant, blackberry and pumice character. It also has a hot-stone undertone. It’s full-bodied with chewy yet broad tannins that flow through the wine. Complex and juicy. Very minerally with blood-orange character. A blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc and 5% Malbec.
2016 vintage notes
This is an awesome bottle of wine! Fantastic fruit and class to spare, it's beautifully balanced in the usual meaning of the term and also in that can be opened and loved at this early stage or aged for 10+ years. 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc, 6% Malbec. - Marcus
2014 vintage notes
95 points Wine Advocate: "My favorite of the three special cuvees, the 2014 Ferguson checks in as a blend of 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc and 6% Malbec. It knocks it out of the park with its dark, savory, mineral-laced fruit and is full-bodied, deep, rich and concentrated on the palate. This beautiful wine has building structure and ripe tannin, and it’s going to have two decades or more of longevity."
2013 vintage note
94 points Wine Advocate: "Another head turner from this estate is the inky colored 2013 Ferguson, which comes from their newest estate vineyard. Made from 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc and the rest Malbec, it spent 22 months in 50% new French oak before bottling. Rich, structured, tannic and full-bodied, and needing to be hidden in the cellaring for 4-5 years, it offers beautiful minerality in its dark fruits, spice-box, dried herbs, and dried earth aromas and flavors. I consistently find this cuvee at the top of the lineup, and it’s no exception in 2013. It will have two decades of longevity."
2012 vintage note
95 points Wine Advocate: "My favorite in the lineup was the spectacular 2012 Ferguson Reserve, a blend of 61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc and 6% Malbec in 2012, and comes all from basalt soils in the southern part of the appellation. Aged 22 months in 50% new French oak, it offers layers of cassis, currants, lead pencil shavings, toasted bread and spice that flow to a full-bodied, multi-dimensional and concentrated 2012 that has stunning purity of fruit. Like the other two single-vineyard releases, this shows more and more structure with time in the glass, so short-term cellaring is advised. It’s another terrific wine from this team that will have 20-25 years of longevity."- Jeb Dunnuck