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L’Ecole No. 41 2014 Seven Hills Vineyard Estate Syrah, Walla Walla Valley, $36
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.
Production: 1,010 cases