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L’Ecole N° 41

L’Ecole N° 41
2016 Estate, Merlot, Walla Walla Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.5% RS: <1%
88 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$37

L’Ecole N° 41
2016 Estate, Merlot, Walla Walla Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.5% RS: <1%
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of ripe raspberry, mulling spices, molasses, earth, and mint with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a graceful, interesting, medium-length finish evoking accents of toasted spices, dark chocolate, and pencil shavings with chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A sippable Merlot-pleaser from Walla Walla; easy to pair.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity & Oaky
Aroma Aroma: ripe raspberry, mulling spices, molasses, earth, and mint
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with accents of toasted spices, dark chocolate, and pencil shavings
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now with food and on its own
Recipes Pairing: Baked Ham, Meat Loaf, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A sippable Merlot-pleaser from Walla Walla; easy to pair.

The Producer

L'Ecole N° 41

The Producer
PO Box 111
Lowden, WA 99360
USA
1 509-525-0940

Merlot

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Serve in a Cabernet Wine Glass
Merlot is a red variety that is loved by consumers, yet often shunned by certain wine gurus and critics, as they perceive these wines as “little sisters” to the more powerful Cabernet Sauvignon. Yet on its own, the best examples of Merlot are multi-layered, complex wines that are among the finest in the world.

Merlot has many similar flavors to Cabernet Sauvignon, especially with its cherry and plum fruit, but is has fewer, less sharp tannins than Cabernet Sauvignon. Many producers whether in Bordeaux, America, Chile or elsewhere, often blend small percentages of Merlot into Cabernet Sauvignon to lessen the tannic bitterness of the latter.

A few districts in France’s Bordeaux region, namely Pomerol, are home to the greatest examples of Merlot. Chateau Petrus is the world’s most famous example of Merlot, a powerful wine that ages beautifully for 30 or 40 years in the best vintages. There are also celebrated examples from American, especially in Washington’s Walla Walla valley as well as in Napa Valley in California. Merlot is also very successful in Chile, New Zealand and even in certain part of Italy.

Merlot pairs best with foods such as lamb or veal, but it also sought out by consumers to accompany steaks and roast when they want a rounder, more elegant red wine.