L’Ecole No. 41 2009 Syrah, Columbia Valley, $25

By on March 7, 2013

Screen Shot 2013-03-06 at 9.54.02 AMAn early frost ended harvest on Oct. 9 for many sites in the state, so hang time was not an option in many cases. The average brix for these clusters was 26.5, and the assortment from Alder Ridge, Bacchus, Candy Mountain, Clifton, Stillwater Creek and Stone Tree makes for something special — and a bit hedonistic. Heady oak releases hints of roasted coffee, backed by blackberry and lots of smoked bacon. The use of Grenache (19%) shows its stuff on the palate, which opens with some creaminess then builds with acidity akin to blackberries, blueberries and fresh-picked plums. There’s leather and tobacco for added complexity.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 2,280 cases

Alcohol: 15%


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Articles authored by Great Northwest Wine are co-authored by Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.

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