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2018 L'Ecole #41 Merlot "Estate"

L'Ecole 2018 Estate Merlot

Winery: L'Ecole #41

Vintage: 2018

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Estate"

Wine Category: Merlot

Grape blend: 84% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc, & 4% Cabernet Sauvignon

Bottle size: 750 ml

Region: Walla Walla Valley

State or country: WA

Price: $37

Cases produced: 1,070

KWG Score: 93 (based on 5 reviews)

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

Review date: August 14, 2021

Wine Review: This dark ruby colored Merlot opens with a gentle red plum and green olive bouquet with hints of vanilla and coffee grounds. On the palate, this wine is medium plus bodied, balanced, rich, and nicely coats your mouth. The flavor profile is black currant and raspberry tea blend with notes of oak and hints of vanilla. The finish is dry and its tannins stick around for quite a while. The Panel would pair this Merlot with short rib sliders or a Colorado rack of lamb. Enjoy – KWGTP

Winemaker Notes: This expressive, well-structured Merlot reveals opulent aromatics of dark cherry and blackberry, pipe tobacco, savory cedar, and roasted figs, completed with a touch of sage. Its ripe rich texture is laced with delicate graphite notes, along with bitter chocolate and plum, grounded with ample polished tannins.

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