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A case for Thanksgiving wine
L’Ecole No. 41 2010 Merlot, Columbia Valley, $24
“Robust” helps describe the core of what’s one of the largest production Merlots in Washington, and it’s a star-studded lineup of vineyards behind it, including Bacchus & Dionysus, Klipsun, Pepper Bridge, Seven Hills and StoneTree. Smoky black cherries, red plum, huckleberry and vanilla aromas lead to flavors of dark cherry and black plum. Sturdy tannins, joined by pomegranate acidity, create pleasing length.
Pairings: It’s easy to imagine this Merlot working well with turkey and mashed potatoes topped with a mushroom-based gravy.
Production: 4,020 cases