L’ECOLE No. 41 Merlot, Walla Walla Valley ‘Estate Merlot’ 2020

Hailing in almost equal parts from the Seven Hills and Ferguson Vineyards, the 2020 L’Ecole Estate Merlot was brought up in 35% new French Oak. Composed of 81% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, this wine is deep purple in color and has a rich nose of black cherry. With fine but grippy tannins, and carrying some heat early on, it shows a wide array of flavors upon entry, Plum, date, and bittersweet cocoa are all in the forefront, while slight pinecone and cedar play a more subdued role. Sweet tar and licorice show nicely and continue to linger as it settles and transitions mid-palate through a medium length finish. This wine needs a lot of air or cellaring early but should then coast for another 10-15 years.
91 $42 2025-2040

United States Washington Columbia Valley, Walla Walla Valley

R. Geresi March, 2023  

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