2011 L'Ecole No. 41 Columbia Valley Merlot
Bright medium red. Seductive perfume of red cherry, rose petal and cocoa powder. Energetic and sharply delineated if a bit tightly coiled in its youth, showing excellent cut to its red cherry, red berry and spice flavors. Finishes with a complex saline quality and very good grip. A classic 2011 in style, in need of a bit of patience. (Stephen Tanzer)
From one of Washington's premium producers. From the winery: "Layered with enticing aromas of plum and notes of violet, this full bodied Merlot shows a robust core of black cherry, blackberry, and cola on a seamless finish of fine-grained yet firm tannin."