A case for Thanksgiving wine

By on November 17, 2013

L’Ecole No. 41 2010 Merlot, Columbia Valley, $24

L'Ecole09Merlot“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.

Rating: Excellent

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

Alcohol: 14.5%

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About Andy Perdue

Andy Perdue is the editor and publisher of Great Northwest Wine. He is a third-generation journalist who has worked at newspapers since the mid-1980s and has been writing about wine since 1998. He co-founded Wine Press Northwest magazine with Eric Degerman and served as its editor-in-chief for 15 years. He is a frequent judge at international wine competitions. He is the author of "The Northwest Wine Guide: A Buyer's Handbook" (Sasquatch, 2003) and has contributed to four other books. He writes about wine for The Seattle Times. You can find him on Twitter and .

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