L'Ecole No. 41
L'Ecole Nº 41 is known for producing superior quality wines that are rich, flavorful and full-bodied. Our dedication to making premium varietal wines begins by obtaining the highest quality fruit. Recent vineyard investments and longstanding relationships with some of the most distinguished growers in the region have provided us with the viticultural management critical to fine winemaking. No less important—and instrumental to our success—is our philosophy of traditional hands-on winemaking. We believe in harvesting ripe fruit. Our gravity fed crusher and gentle press operations limit the use of abusive pumps. Flavor and tannin extraction are further controlled by hand punch-downs during fermentation. In combination, these techniques allow limited or no red wine fining and filtration. Our commitment to quality is exemplified by our membership in the Washington Wine Quality Alliance.
Charles Smith Wines
Wine in this category is typically either simple, or is a wine that would be much better a few years down the road. ‘Modernist Project’ wines are about putting as much into the bottle as possible. The intent is to create wines to be enjoyed now, but with typicity with regards to variety—that is merlot that tastes like merlot—and to the vineyard—wine that tastes like where it was grown. The wines are full of flavor, balanced, and true to their place of origin.
At Columbia Crest we pride ourselves on delivering handcrafted, superior-quality small-lot wines, as well as affordable everyday Washington wines. Our first release in 1984 started a tradition that has established us as one of America’s most popular and fast-growing wineries.