L'Ecole No. 41 Columbia Valley Merlot 2016
A ripe yet elegant Merlot with a little structuring tannin, but full-bodied and dense. A match for the right bank of Bordeaux. Each lot was hand harvested ripe and gently crushed into 1.5 and 5 ton stainless steel fermenters. Gentle handling of the fruit through hand punch downs and gravity assisted movements were utilized throughout the entire winemaking process. The wine was cleanly racked to 100% small oak barrels, 30% new, with four rackings over 18 months. Blend: 76% MERLOT, 10% CABERNET FRANC, 7% CABERNET SAUVIGNON, 4% MALBEC, 3% PETIT VERDOT,
Tasting note: Rich with enticing aromas of plum, nutmeg, and clove this dark and brooding Merlot shows a robust core of black cherry and blackberry which features into the seamless finish of fine-grained tannin and spice.