L’Ecole N° 41 Winery 2018 Estate Merlot, Walla Walla Valley, $36

By on September 7, 2021

Two of the Walla Walla Valley’s Salmon-Safe sites — storied Seven Hills Vineyard and the fascinating basalt-footed Ferguson — are blended together in a 50/50 measure at this multi-generation winery. Neither ripeness nor structure were in short supply when it came the Merlot (84%), Cabernet Franc (12%) and Cabernet Sauvignon that spent 18 months in French oak barrels, 35% of which were new wood. The aromas of dark cherry, boysenberry and cinnamon include sweet herbs and fresh cedar. Flavors of Craisin and cherry candy come together in a big and juicy profile that leads out with a stream of raspberry juice. There’s plenty of life in store.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 1,070 cases

Alcohol 14.5%

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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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