L'Ecole 41 Estate Merlod 2016, Walla Walla Valley, Washington

L’Ecole N° 41 is recognized as one of Washington State’s top producers of premium Merlot and this estate vineyard blend represents our best. The elegance and old world structure of Seven Hills Vineyard adds complexity to the earthiness and minerality of the basalt soil from Ferguson. This elegant Merlot reveals aromas of dark fruit, tobacco leaf, cedar and clove. It’s rich texture is elevated by dense flavors of black cherry and espresso on a complex earth finish. “Over 30 years of meticulous vineyard management and winemaking experience are fundamental to the quality of the wines and reputation for excellence. We are engaged in growing and making 100% of our wines.” Each lot was hand harvested ripe and gently crushed into 1.5 ton stainless steel fermenters. Gentle handling of the fruit through hand punch downs and gravity assisted movements were utilized throughout the entire winemaking process. The wine was cleanly racked to 100% small French oak barrels, 40% new, with four rackings over 18 months. This elegant Merlot reveals aromas of dark fruit, tobacco leaf, cedar and clove. It’s rich texture is elevated by dense favors of black cherry and espresso on a complex earth fnish. 2016 vintage – 76% Merlot, 18% Cabernet Franc, 6% Cabernet Sauvignon.

$39.99