2012 L'Ecole No. 41 Columbia Valley Merlot

SKU #1246354 90 points Wine Enthusiast

 This wine comes from an assortment of top sites across the Columbia Valley and it shows. Aromas of dried herbs, pencil lead, toasty spice and blue and red fruit lead to sweet, rich and appealing flavors. There's intensity but also a good sense of acid and chalky tannic structure backing things up, along with undeniable deliciousness. (SS)  (7/2015)

90 points Wine Spectator

 Firm, focused and dense, with green olive—accented black fruit flavors, finishing with licorice and fine-grained tannins galore. This has depth and length. (HS)  (10/2015)

Jancis Robinson

 Plum and black cherry fruit, soft and chunky. Simple fruit with transparency. (RH)  (5/2015)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 More focused and less expansive than the Walla Walla release, the 2012 Columbia Valley Merlot has plenty of black cherry, black raspberry, wild herbs, licorice and sweet oak to go with a medium-bodied, focused 2012 that has bright acidity and moderate tannin. (JD)  (6/2015)

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- A very popular red grape variety found in the great wines of St. Emilion and Pomerol. It is the most planted variety in Bordeaux, and it has also become an extremely fashionable red in many regions including California. Although it has a reputation to be smooth, and easy to drink when young, Merlot is also capable of producing extremely intense wines as well. It is often used as a blending agent with Cabernet Sauvignon.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- Washington has become one of the most important wine producing states in the United States, and development continues to grow rapidly. In 1969, when California was exploding as a wine producer, Washington had only two wineries, but by 2000 that number had passed 100. Most of Washington's grape crop goes to uses other than wine. Merlot and Chardonnay have been the most successful in Washington. It's interesting to note that Washington's prime wine regions are located at 46° north, along the same latitude as the legendary French wine districts of Bordeaux and Burgundy. During the summer, Washington averages more than two hours more sunlight each day compared to California.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.5