Guess what day it is? Merlot Monday, with L’Ecole N° 41
It's Merlot Month! Unless you have been locked up and not engaging the outside world this is not news. Of course, that’s been the norm for a lot more people of late. So thanks to the good folks at Merlot Me we have a few Merlots to indulge in. This week it’s a wine comprising of Merlot grapes all the way from the Walla Walla Valley in Washington State.
With 79% Merlot, 17% Cabernet Franc and 4% Cabernet Sauvignon and 50% from the Ferguson Vineyard which features fractured basalt, and the other 50% from the Seven Hills Vineyards featuring wind-blown loess ( both certified sustainable and salmon safe). L’Ecole N° 41 has some of Washington’s oldest vineyard sites. Many were planted in the ’70s and ’80s. Marty Cubb is the owner and managing winemaker and has a stellar reputation. The initial impression upon opening is a lean mineral-driven wine but with a little air things changed and it opened up and while still lean the dark fruit starts to show and just seemed to get better and better as we got closer to the bottom of the bottle.
L’Ecole N° 41 is a third-generation family-owned, artisan winery located in the historic Frenchtown School House. Founded in 1983, they were the third winery established in the Walla Walla Valley. They have been recognized by Wine & Spirits Magazine as a Top 100 Winery of the Year fifteen times.