Whitman College’s first academic building, College Hall, was constructed in 1883 on land donated by Dr. Dorsey Syng Baker. One hundred years later Dr. Baker’s great-grandson and Whitman alumnus, Baker Ferguson, founded one of the Walla Walla Valley’s pioneering artisan wineries, L’Ecole N° 41. Six generations of Dr. Baker’s heirs graduated from Whitman. They include Ferguson’s daughter Megan Clubb and grandson Riley Baker Clubb, current family owners of L’Ecole who collaborated on naming this wine. They chose L’Érudite “The Scholar” to honor Whitman College and its legacy of broad liberal arts education. L’Ecole N° 41 is proud to contribute the profits of this Walla Walla Valley wine to Whitman College’s WISE program.
Offering captivating blackberry, crushed rock, and mocha tones, this unique wine is striking for its complexity, richness, and structure. On the palate, it presents layers of cedar, violet, black plum, and spiced boysenberry, and a polished and proportioned texture. The finish is powerful, yet velvety.
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