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L'Ecole No. 41 Merlot Columbia Valley 2010

L'Ecole No. 41 Merlot Columbia Valley 750ml 2010       
Sku: 21922

Founded in 1983 by Jean and Baker Ferguson, L’;Ecole No. 41 was the third winery to open in Walla Walla Valley, Washington. Today it is owned and operated by their daughter and son-in-law, Megan and Martin Clubb. The estate fruit is grown at the acclaimed Seven Hills Vineyard which is coowned with Leonetti Cellar and Pepper Bridge Winery. The remaining fruit is sourced from highly regarded Columbia Valley vineyards such as Klipsun, Bacchus, Dionysus, Milbrandt, Portteus, Fair Acre Farms, Wahluke Slope Vineyards and Willard Farms. Many of these vineyards were planted in the 1970’s or early 1980’s and all of the Walla Walla Valley vineyards are certified sustainable and Salmon Safe. The Semillon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon are all barrel aged. In the fall of 2003, L’Ecole completed the construction of a new concrete tilt barrel storage facility that accommodates the current inventory of over 2,000 French and American oak barrels. For 11 consecutive years, Wine & Spirits Magazine has named L’Ecole No. 41 as Winery of the Year, and was inducted in their Hall of Fame.

Tasting notes
This Merlot offers aromas of nutmeg, clove and spice paired with robust flavors of ripe black cherries and boysenberries. The finely grained finish highlights layered notes of spice and cocoa.

 Wine Spectator 89 points (Oct 15 2013)
On the lighter side, with fine tannins surrounding the flowing raspberry and floral flavors, picking up spicy, cedary notes on the finish. Drink now through 2016. 4,020 cases made. –HS
 Wine Enthusiast 92 points (Sep 2013)
This generous, Bordeaux-style, Merlot-dominated blend incorporates some old block fruit from a mix of first-class vineyards scattered across the Columbia Valley. Lovely floral and clover notes arise, with bright berry and cassis fruit just behind. Sleek, detailed and long, this is a terrific value as well. - Editor’s Choice

Technical notes
(82% Merlot/8% Cabernet Sauvignon/7% Cabernet Franc/3% Malbec). Estate fruit from Seven Hills was blended with grapes from Pepper Bridge and seven other prestigious, mature vineyards. Each lot was hand-harvested, gently crushed into 1.5 and 5 ton stainless steel fermentors and manually punched down. The wine aged for 18 months in small oak barrels (30% new) and was racked four times.

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Country: United States
Region: Washington
Sub-Region: Columbia Valley
Appellation: Columbia Gorge
Grape Varietal: Merlot
Type: Still wine
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