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Date Printed: 8/1/2014
L'Ecole 41 Merlot 2008
L'Ecole 41 Merlot 2008
(search item no. 114293)
Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
PRICE ON 8/1/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2003 Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points
2003 International Wine Cellar rating: 87 points
2002 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Rich with aromas of nutmeg, clove and spice, this dark and brooding Merlot shows robust fruit flavors of black cherry and boysenberry layered in spice and cocoa on a fine-grained tannin finish.

Blend: 82% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit Verdot, 2% Malbec

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About L'Ecole 41:

L'Ecole No 41, a family owned vineyard, has been producing premium handcrafted varietal wines since 1983 in the historic Frenchtown School in Lowden, Washington. Having been founded by Jean and Baker Ferguson, the winery is now owned and operated by their daughter and son-in-law, Megan and Martin Clubb. Martin has been the general manager and winemaker since 1989.

In 1984, shortly after the first 1983 vintage was resting in barrel, Jean and Baker Ferguson, the founders, held a contest with all the relatives' children under grade six. The objective: draw a colorful drawing to be used as a wine label. Some of the children drew pictures of the school building, others drew bottles of wine with glasses, and at least one drew a picture of the cat. The prize at the time was $100 cash, plus royalties on posters sold (fortunately the state liquor board would not allow royalties on the wine).

The winner: 8 year old third grade cousin Ryan Campbell. Ryan's watercolor of the schoolhouse was drawn just about the time of Walla Walla's Hot Air Balloon Stampede, and he came up with the grape cluster balloon. All of the entries, including Ryan's original, hang in the tasting room for visitors to admire. Today, Ryan has just completed his Architecture Degree at the University of Idaho.