Walla Walla rising with reds

By on March 13, 2018

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.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 1,010 cases

Alcohol: 15%

Winery website

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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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