*Disclaimer: I received this wine as a sample from L’Ecole Winery.
As my fellow wine bloggers jet off to Walla Walla, Washington this week for the 2010 Wine Blogger Conference, I’ve decided to toast them with another wine from Walla Walla! This is the first time I’ve missed the blogger conference, much to my dismay, but sometimes these things can’t be helped. I’m hoping it might come to VA next year so I could be sure to make it! Out of the Walla Walla 6-pack sent to me by L’Ecole, I chose the 2006 L’Ecole Apogee. The wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, and Cabernet Franc. It had a real cork closure, clocked in at 14.3% alcohol by volume, and looks to retail online for between $34-$45.
On the nose I found clove, herbs, berries, plums, blackberries, red fruit, spice, and slight chocolate notes. I thought the fruit smelled fresh and I wanted to get lost in this wine. In the mouth I got plums, blackberry, anise, chocolate, bright fresh black fruits, and herbs. I found the wine to be nicely structured with dry tannins. Cheers to all those up in Walla Walla this week!