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 Seven Hills Vineyard Merlot 2010
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L’Ecole No 41, Seven Hills Vineyard Merlot, Walla Walla 2010

L’Ecole No 41, Seven Hills Vineyard Merlot, Walla Walla 2010
Rich, plummy nose. Plump, rounded, accessible and moderately concentrated. It lacks a little bite and grip, though it has a tannic backbone and decent length. 16pts/20 (86/100pts)
Price £46.50 (2005) Wine Treasury, Swig
Drink 2013–2018
Alc 14.4%

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