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1997 l'Ecole No. 41 Merlot Columbia Valley
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87 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - September/October 1999

Good red-ruby. Plum, currant, smoke and a whiff of game on the nose. Juicy, medium-bodied wine with a slight dry spot in the middle. Finishes with spicy currant flavor and fairly substantial tannins that turned a bit dry as the wine opened in the glass.

86 Points | Wine Spectator

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Merlot

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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