L’Ecole No. 41 2011 Merlot, Columbia Valley, $24

By on June 6, 2014

lecole-no-41-merlot-columbia-valley-2011-bottleMany of the state’s top vineyards — Bacchus, Dionysus, Klipsun, StoneTree, Pepper Bridge, Seven Hills — factored into this easy-drinking Merlot, and Marty Clubb’s fascinating new estate Ferguson Vineyard near Seven Hills also played a role. Pleasing oak adds the aromas of blackberry, black cherry and dark plum and there’s a match on the palate. Boysenberry acidity and well-managed tannins, the latter not often found in Washington Merlot these days, provide enjoyable length.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 4,860 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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