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 credited to Great Northwest Wine are authored by Eric Degerman and other contributors. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.

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