Expert's Choice: Washington

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This state offers less oak, extraction and general bling than Napa Valley, says Stephen Brook, and the best of these fresh wines can age for 20 years in bottle, too. See Stephen's top 18 reds and whites from Washington...
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Washington, L’Ecole No 41 Columbia Valley Syrah 2009
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L’Ecole No 41, Syrah, Columbia Valley 2009

L’Ecole No 41, Syrah, Columbia Valley 2009
Super-ripe plum nose. Broad and fresh, fullbodied and generous, though it lacks bite and freshness. A bit clumsy but has ample fruit and a chocolatey finish. 16pts/20 (86/100pts)
Price £29.50 Wine Treasury
Drink 2013–2018
Alc 15.5%