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 Apogee 2009
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L’Ecole No 41, Apogee, Walla Walla 2009

L’Ecole No 41, Apogee, Walla Walla 2009
A blend of mainly Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, this has sweet cassis and blackberry aromas. The palate is suave, silky and dense with very ripe tannins. Oaky vanilla tones mark the long, balanced finish. 18pts/20 (93/100pts)
Price £46.50 Wine Treasury
Drink 2013–2022
Alc 14.5%