L’Ecole No. 41 2014 Seven Hills Vineyard Estate Syrah, Walla Walla Valley, $36

By on February 12, 2018

One of the Pacific Northwest wine industry’s most famous plantings is Seven Hills Vineyard near Milton-Freewater, Ore., and Sadie Drury uses Salmon-Safe practices while farming it for her many customers and the ownership group, which includes L’Ecole No. 41. Despite the warm vintage, winemaker Mike Sharon presents this as an bright example of cool-climate Syrah, starting with the nose of boysenberry, blueberry, white pepper and a sense of minerality. Dusty blueberry flavors pick up a hint of bacon that’s carried along by raspberry acidity and sip of cola.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 1,010 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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