L'Ecole No. 41 2015 Merlot, Columbia Valley

L'Ecole No. 41 2015 Merlot, Columbia Valley

Item Number: 11793

UPC: 0-721354890030

Country: USA
Region: Washington
Sub Region: Columbia Valley
Appellation/AVA: Columbia Valley
Vintage: 2015
Grape(s): 80% Merlot / 13% Cabernet Franc / 5% Malbec / 2% Petit Verdot
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 12
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 14.5
Total Acidity: 6.6 g/L
pH: 3.71
Case Production: 5,170

L’Ecole No 41 is recognized as one of Washington State’s top producers of premium Merlot, and this wine delivers with great structure, color and balanced acidity.

Winemaking Notes: Each lot was manually harvested and gently crushed into 1.5 and 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 oak barrels (30% new) with four rackings over 18 months.

Tasting Notes: Layered with enticing aromas of black cherry, violet, and plum, this full-bodied Merlot shows balanced layers of red fruit and cocoa on a seamless finish of fine-grained tannin.

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  • The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 89 (6/29/2018)

    Aromas of currant fruit and fruitcake, framed by cedary new oak, introduce the 2015 Columbia Valley Merlot, a medium-bodied, supple wine with juicy acids and a clean, oak-inflected finish.
  • Vinous
    Rating: 89 (11/15/2018)

    Aromas of cassis, blackberry, cocoa powder, licorice and chocolatey oak. Silky-sweet but with lovely acidity and a note of violet lifting the dark berry, herb and chocolate flavors. Finishes with building, tongue-coating tannins and very good length. Serious Merlot. (
  • Jeb Dunnuck
    Rating: 88 (4/5/2018)

    The base Merlot from this great estate is the 2015 Merlot Columbia Valley, which spent 18 months in 25% new French oak. Black cherries, passion fruits, violets, and leafy herbs all emerge from this medium-bodied, balanced, deliciously gulpable Merlot that's ideal for drinking over the coming 4-5 years.