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L’Ecole No. 41 1999 Seven Hills Merlot

It’s Thursday night.  Tonight is the night Janice paints, and when she comes home I’ve got a bottle of wine out.   It didn’t take much encouragement from a friend to dig out a nice bottle.  This is what we’re drinking — Ecole 41 Seven Hills Merlot, Walla Walla Appelation.  This Washington winery is one of my favorites. 

I knew the bottle would be heavily sedimented, so I decanted it first.  Also, experience with this wine has taught me that it needs time to open.  Waiting 15 to 20 minutes before the first taste pays rich rewards.

The nose is glorious.  Wood, berries, plums, maybe a little nutmeg and even a tiny bit of barnyard.  Chocolate, coffee, and rich fruits on the tongue.  Firm tannins, but not overpowering.  A little heat and spice and a glorious long long long finish.

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  • James McNally January 9, 2006, 4:11 pm

    Where did you buy this in Ontario, Alec? Or did you get it from the winery? My wife and I visited there in September 2004 and thought Walla Walla was great. It’s a little hard to get to, but they’ve got a number of really great wineries.

    By the way, do you know about/use CellarTracker? (www.cellartracker.com) If you have a lot of wine, it’s a great way to keep track. You can even see what other people have in their cellars, and can submit public tasting notes, etc.

  • Alec January 9, 2006, 8:12 pm

    I didn’t get it in Ontario James. I was introduced to this winery in the late 90’s when I lived in Washington State. Periodically, when I travel to the states, I pick up a few bottles when I see them. This one I acquired in 2002, I think, on a trip to Florida.

    And yes, CellarTracker is a great tool. My friend Eric Levine is a former colleague from Microsoft. It’s terrific, although my collection isn’t near as large as some that CellarTracker has indexed.

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