Blackcurrant, plum, sweet fruit and some floral notes on the nose. The medium to full bodied palate adds some some spiciness and faint but persistent tannins. The fruit is actually more savory than you'd except from the sweet nose. Medium finish, with the tannins lingering on. Nicely balanced and very drinkable.
The is very pretty, and very much the way merlot is supposed to taste. Not too tannic, soft but not mushy, very floral and with an underlying note of plums. There's a sense of the soil here, too, but not in a dirty way. Very old-school Bdx. Classy juice.
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(L'Ecole No 41 Merlot Columbia Valley) This wine has the stuffing but doesn’t seem to have quite blossomed yet. It’s very lightly aromatic with bay leaf and barrel spices. The palate is chock full of red fruit flavors back by firm, chalky tannins. 76% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Malbec, and 3% Petit Verdot. Seven Hills, Pepper Bridge, Candy Mountain, Bacchus, Dionysus, Klipsun, StoneTree and Weinbau vineyards. Aged 18 months in oak (30% new). 14.5% alcohol. 4,000 cases produced. Sample provided by winery.
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