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 Vintage2010 Label 1 of 10 
(NOTE: Label borrowed from 2009 vintage.)
TypeRed
ProducerL'Ecole No. 41 (web)
VarietyMerlot
Designationn/a
Vineyardn/a
CountryUSA
RegionWashington
SubRegionColumbia Valley
AppellationColumbia Valley
OptionsShow variety and appellation
UPC Code(s)721354890030

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2014 and 2017 (based on 3 user opinions)

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 86.5 pts. and median of 88 pts. in 13 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Curt11 on 9/16/2014 & rated 89 points: This hit the spot for the < $20 tag. Lots to like for immediate consumption on a weeknight. More balance and depth than I would've expected at this price. (596 views)
 Tasted by chatters on 4/25/2014: Spring Bacchanal with Winemaker Ken Wright (Roti Roppongi, Tokyo, Japan): slight graphite, chocolate and red berry notes. More of the same on the palate. Juicy and spiced on finish. Nice, simple. (962 views)
 Tasted by jmcmchi on 2/8/2014 & rated 87 points: Beautiful fruit nose, with nice balance. Long semi bitter finish - doesn't live up to aromas (924 views)
 Tasted by Jwd12 on 1/2/2014 & rated 88 points: Deep red in color, nose is sweet cherry and floral. Decanted and enjoyed a sweet fruit with mild earthy finish. Bottle was a gift, but if it less than $15 it is a good weeknight tv wine. (955 views)
 Tasted by Patbirch on 12/27/2013 & rated 90 points: Very drinkable now. Balanced well made Merlot. Good dark black fruits, dry dusty finish. No green peppers, thank you! Won't get any better, drink up.
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 Tasted by forcumba on 11/13/2013: No detailed notes. Drank over two nights. First night, the wine was tart with a short finish and wasn't convinced there was anything there. Second night it started to open up more with a longer finish than on night one and was drinking nicely, but not particularly interesting. If scoring right now 86-87 by the second night. Although it may improve with age. (666 views)

Professional 'Channels'
By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, November/December 2013, IWC Issue #171
(l'Ecole No. 41 Merlot Columbia Valley) Subscribe to see review text.
By Sean Sullivan
Washington Wine Report (10/28/2013)
(L'Ecole No. 41 Merlot Columbia Valley) A moderately aromatic wine with cocoa, cedar, wet stone, marionberry, and plum. Itís tart, tightly wound and a little rough around the edges when first opened, taking a few days to settle down. Give one year. 82% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc, and 3% Malbec. Seven Hills, Bacchus, Dionysus, StoneTree, Candy Mountain, Klipsun, Weinbau, Ferguson, and Pepper Bridge vineyards. Aged 18 months in small oak barrels (30% new). 14.5% alcohol. 4,020 cases produced. Sample provided by winery.  *** points
NOTE: Scores and reviews are the property of Vinous and Washington Wine Report. (manage subscription channels)

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L'Ecole No. 41

Producer website

Merlot

Merlot variety: Wikipedia | Appellation America | CellarNotes

USA

WineAmerica (National Association of American Wineries) | Free the Grapes!

Washington

Washington Wine Commission | Credit to Washingtonwine.org for this article

Washington Wine
Washington State is a premium wine producing region located in the northwest corner of the United States. Although a relatively young wine industry, it is now the nation's second largest wine producer and is ranked among the world's top wine regions. Washington wines are found nationally in all 50 states and internationally in more than 40 countries.

Wineries
With 30,000+ acres planted, the state has ideal geography and conditions for growing premium vinifera wine grapes. Primarily grown on their own root stocks, the vines produce grapes of consistent quality, resulting in strong vintages year after year. While its focus is on Chardonnay, Riesling, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, the region also produces a wide range of other spectacular whites and reds.

Growers
Winemakers from all over the world have chosen to establish themselves in Washington, where they can create wines reflecting this region's unique characteristics. Their hand-crafted wines are receiving wide acclaim from critics regionally, nationally and internationally for their consistently high quality. Many of them have received scores of 90 and above from the major wine media. Overall this is a higher percentage than other leading wine regions.

Regions
As the state's fourth largest fruit crop, the Washington wine industry is an important contributor to the long-term preservation of Washington agriculture. The industry is committed to sustainable agricultural practices and conservation of water resources.
Washington State is a premium wine producing region located in the northwest corner of the United States. Although a relatively young wine industry, it is now the nation's second largest wine producer and is ranked among the world's top wine regions. Washington wines are found nationally in all 50 states and internationally in more than 40 countries.

Varieties
Washington produces more than 20 wine grape varieties - a ratio of 56 percent white to 44 percent red. As the industry matures and experiments, it finds many grape varieties that thrive throughout Washington's microclimates. There are more than 16,000 vineyard acres of red wine varieties statewide.

History & Vintages
Washington's wine future is limitless. As consumers discover the quality of Washington wines, demand continues to grow nationally and internationally. New acreage and wine varietals are being planted and new wineries are opening at a remarkable pace. Washington State is recognized as a premium viticultural region around the world.

State Facts
Washington's wine industry generates more than $3 billion to the state economy. It employs more than 14,000 people, directly and indirectly, with projections to add nearly 2,000 more jobs by 2006. In terms of tax revenues accrued to the state and federal government, wine grapes are among the highest tax generators of any agricultural crops. Furthermore, Washington wine tourism attracts nearly two million visitors annually contributing to the positive growth of local and regional economies.

Washington State - the perfect climate for wine = ideal growing conditions, quality wines, business innovation, lifestyle, and social responsibility. All are key elements of this world-class wine industry.

Columbia Valley

Columbia Cascade Winery Association

The Columbia Valley AVA lies mostly in Washington state, with a small section in Oregon. The Cascade Range forms its western boundary with the Palouse regions bordering the area to the east. To the north, the Okanogan National Forest forms a border with the AVA and Canada. It encompasses the valleys formed by the Columbia River and its tributaries, including the Walla Walla River, the Snake River, and the Yakima River. The Columbia valley stretches between the 46th parallel and 47th parallel which puts it in line with the well known French wine growing regions of Bordeaux and Burgundy. The northern latitude gives the areas two more hours of additional daylight during the summer growing season than wine regions of California receive. The volcanic and sandy loam soil of the valley offers good drainage and is poor in nutrients, ideal in forcing the vine to concentrate its resources into the grape clusters.

Columbia Valley

Columbia Valley Winery Association

 
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