L’Ecole 41 Estate Merlot 2019, 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. “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, 35% new, with four rackings over 18 months. “This expressive Merlot reveals opulent aromatics of dark cherry and blackberry, fresh Mission figs, savory cedar, and coffee bean, completed with rose and a touch of sage. Its ripe rich texture is laced with delicate graphite notes, along with dark chocolate and plum, grounded with ample polished tannins. Altogether well-structured, it finishes fresh and focused.” 2019 vintage – 84% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc, 4% Cabernet Sauvignon.