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2006 l'Ecole No. 41 Merlot Columbia Valley
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88 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2009

($29; blended with 11% cabernet franc, 6% petit verdot and 3% cabernet sauvignon) Good full red. Pungent perfume of cherry, fresh herbs and flowers. Juicy and spicy but not hard, with subtle flavors of cherry and sweet spices. Finishes firmly tannic but not dry, with fresh lingering perfume.

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87 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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Merlot enjoyed a surge in popularity in the 1990s as consumers suddenly discovered that they could enjoy aromas and flavors similar to those of Cabernet in a fleshier, softer wine with smoother tannins. A wave of Merlot plantings followed, frequently in soils and microclimates completely inappropriate for this variety, and the market was soon...
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