L'Ecole No. 41 2016 Merlot, Columbia Valley
Item Number: 13056
Sub Region: Columbia Valley
Appellation/AVA: Columbia Valley
Grape(s): 78% Merlot / 16% Cabernet Franc / 3% Perit Verdot / 3% Petit Verdot
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 14.5
Total Acidity: 6.8 g/L
Case Production: 4,600
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
Vintage Notes: The 2016 vintage looks like another spectacular and large harvest for Washington State; it started early with a mild winter, hot spring, and early bud break, suggesting another warm year was on the way. Moderate June weather was ideal for bloom and fruit set. The following July temperatures were lower than normal, allowing for healthy berry and cluster growth. Walla Walla say Continued mild weather through August and September that stretched the growing season, allowing the fruit to ripen gradually and evenly, with lower sugars and higher acidity. The longer hang-time produced fantastic balance of flavor and structure in both the white and red varieties.
Winemaking Notes: Each lot was hand harvested ripe 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, rose petal, and plum, this full bodied yet balanced Merlot shows layers of baking spices and cocoa with a seamless finish of fine-grained tannin.