2010 L'Ecole No. 41 Columbia Valley Syrah
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Dark, bright red-ruby. Black raspberry and exotic nutty oak on the nose. Plush, dense and generous, with creamy-sweet black raspberry fruit showing no rough edges. But there's good medicinal reserve here for all of the wine's lushness of texture. Finishes with sweet, easy tannins and lingering berry flavors.
*A Smart Buys designation and #57 on Wine Spectator's Top 100 of 2013* Grippy tannins give way to fleshy plum and currant fruit, shaded with hints of fennel and peach fuzz, lingering well. Best after 2014. 2,430 cases made.
With the addition of 20% Grenache, this pushes the rich fruit flavors front and center. Ripe blueberries are in the foreground, cutting through some astringent tannins. There is little evidence of the herbal character that many Washington Syrahs evoke, but it’s a bold, fruit-driven wine that is immediately enjoyable.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
...the 2010 Syrah Columbia Valley, which incorporates 20% Grenache, is a soft, plump and friendly Syrah that has excellent purity, solid aromatics (blackberry, raspberry, underbrush) and a short finish. It's well made and should be consumed over the coming 3-4 years. Drink now-2016. One of the oldest producers in the Walla Walla Valley, with over three decades of history, L-Ecole 41 has been run by Megan and Marty Clubb since 1989. A relatively large producer, they have distribution throughout the US and produce a solid lineup of both value priced wines and top tier efforts.