2018 L'Ecole No41 'Apogee-Pepper Bridge Vineyard' Proprietary Red Walla Walla Valley


L’Ecole is ready to school you on the full potential of Walla Walla with a single-vineyard project that captures Pepper Bridge’s exceptional terroir. Characteristically bold with spicy aromas, dark fruit flavors and rich structure, this Bordeaux-style blend is an A+ effort carried by fine-grained tannins and plenty of class.  

Proprietary Red
Marcus Rafanelli
22 Months
Oak Treatment:
100% small French oak barrels, 50% new
Walla Walla Valley
Pepper Bridge Vineyard
Total Varietal Composition %:
56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, 14% Malbec, 3% Cabernet Franc
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750 ml Bottle

James Suckling

An attractive nose of wild blackberry, plum, sweet tobacco and nutmeg. Full-bodied with firm tannins. Structured with vivid acidity on the palate. Chocolate and black fruit on the mid-palate, followed through a long, flavorful finish. A blend of 56% cabernet sauvignon, 27% merlot, 14% malbec and 3% cabernet franc. Drink in 2024.


Jeb Dunnuck

The 2018 Apogee Pepper Bridge Vineyard is mostly Cabernet Sauvignon yet includes 27% Merlot, 14% Malbec and 3% Cabernet Franc, all brought up in 50% new French oak. It has a gorgeous, Bordeaux-like nose of red and black currants, lead pencil, leafy tobacco, and graphite. This carries to a medium to full-bodied red with terrific overall balance, remarkable purity of fruit, and both tannins and acidity. It can be enjoyed today yet will benefit 2-3 years of bottle age and I suspect have 20 years of prime drinking. It's a beautiful wine.