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

By on March 10, 2013

L'Ecole09MerlotOne reason why Washington winemakers enjoy working with Merlot is because it tends to ripen relative early, and Marty Clubb’s team in Lowden welcomed their last lot on Sept. 19. Ripeness was no issue, with an average of 25.6 brix from its all-star assortment of vineyards that include Bacchus, Dionysus, Klipsun and Stone Tree. The influence of oak is shows throughout, starting with aromas of Ovaltine and tar among blackberry, boysenberry and cherry. Flavors focus on boysenberry and lingering blueberry, backed by bittersweet and milk chocolate with a touch of rhubarb compote in the finish.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 4,000 cases

Alcohol: 14.5%

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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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