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2017 L'Ecole #41 Merlot "Walla Walla Valley"

L'Ecole 2017 Walla Walla Merlot

Winery: L'Ecole #41

Vintage: 2017

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Walla Walla Valley"

Wine Category: Merlot

Grape blend: 79% Merlot, 17% Cabernet Franc & 4% Cabernet Sauvignon

Bottle size: 750 ml

Region: Walla Walla Valley

State or country: WA

Price: $36

Cases produced: 1,080

KWG Score: 91.6 (based on 6 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (91)

Review date: February 1, 2021

Wine Review: This deep garnet colored Merlot from Walla Walla opens with a very shy red currant and oak bouquet with hints of cocoa and rose. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced and smooth. The flavor profile is a black cherry, graphite and toasted oak blend with notes of Oreo cookie. We also detected hints of red plum, red currant and oolong tea. The finish is dry and its moderate grippy tannins stick around for quite some time. The Panel would pair this Merlot with a grilled butterflied leg of lamb or a New York strip steak. Enjoy – KWGTP

Winemaker Notes: This serious and structured Merlot reveals intriguing aromatics of dark fruit, tobacco leaf, cedar, violet, and rose. Its rich texture is elevated by flavors of black cherry, peppercorn, grounded by Ferguson's graphite minerality carrying into a flavorful persistent finish.

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