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Bright red ruby. Musky red currant, 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 couple years in the cellar to round out.

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.

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. - the winery

2008 Vintage

2008 Wine Spectator - 91 points - A bit tough in texture, but the pure blueberry and currant fruit comes through clearly, driving through a layer of chewy tannins to persist nicely on the meaty finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2014 through 2018. 1,281 cases made. - H.S.

2007 Vintage Tasting Notes

DOUBLE GOLD WINNER 2012 Seattle Wine Awards!

2007 Wine Advocate - 94 points - The fruit for the 2007 Apogee Pepper Bridge Vineyard matured 2 weeks later than the Seven Hills fruit. It is an almost identical blend with the exception of 6% Malbec and 4% Cabernet Franc and was aged in 50% new oak. Aromas of toasty oak, tobacco, leather, Asian spices, black currant, and black cherry leads to a more structured offering that will require 4-6 years of cellaring. Well-balanced, intense, and mouth-filling, it will amply reward those with patience.

2006 Vintage Tasting Notes

Boldly aromatic, this wine has spicy aromas of cinnamon and nutmeg, earthy hints of sweet tobacco and leather, and smoky dark fruit packed with a chocolate, mint and cherry finish. Let us know which vintage you'd like.

2005 Vintage Tasting Notes

2005 Wine Advocate - 93 points - The 2005 Apogee Pepper Bridge Vineyard is 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot, 7% Malbec, and 3% Cabernet Franc. Saturated purple colored, it has a slightly brooding nose of pain grille, pencil lead, spice box, and assorted black fruits. It is the most structured of the L'Ecole reds with darker fruit and greater aging potential. Drink this superb effort between 2015 and 2030. - Jay Miller

The pinnacle, or apogee, of L'Ecole's red wines. Produced from Walla Walla's Pepper Bridge vineyard, the 2005 is a classic wine. Made for cellaring, yet ripe and open enough to decant and enjoy.

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