L'Ecole 41 Syrah (375ML half-bottle) 2010

Syrah/Shiraz from Columbia Valley, Washington

$18.00 $13.99
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Item No. 128081
  • red wine
  • WS91
  • ST91
  • WE90
Style: Smooth & Supple

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

Ratings Pedigree:
  • 1999
  • ST87

Winemaker's Notes

#57 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2013

This luscious and balanced Syrah shows fragrant aromas of fresh blackberry and white cardamom with English garden floral undertones. Flavors of rich black current, raspberry, olive and cocoa meld gracefully through a finely textured finish.

Critical Acclaim

"Grippy tannins give way to fleshy plum and currant fruit, shaded with hints of fennel and peach fuzz, lingering well."
91 Points

"Dark, bright red-ruby. Black raspberry and exotic nutty oak on the nose. Plush, dense and generous, with creamy-sweet black raspberry fruit showing no rough edges. But there's good medicinal reserve here for all of the wine's lushness of texture. Finishes with sweet, easy tannins and lingering berry flavors."
91 Points

"With the addition of 20% grenache, this pushes the rich fruit flavors front and center. Ripe blueberries are in the foreground, cutting through some astringent tannins. there is little evidence of the herbal character that many Washington Syrahs evoke but it's a bold, fruit driven wine that is immediately enjoyable."
90 Points

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Ajay Singh - San Francisco, CA (read all my reviews)

Style: Smooth & Supple
I have been drinking wine for a while but I am not an expert by any means, perhaps still a newbie after all these years. My wife and I don't appreciate strong tannin in our red wine. Usually I am able to soften the tannin by aging it for at least a year or longer. For best taste I store it in a cool dry place for 2-3 years and then even a reasonably priced red wine tastes awesome. Well I am not all that patient all the time and I sometimes open a bottle of red wine before it matures. I did the same with this half bottle. I was not disappointed! Tannin is not pronounced and you taste the actual wine. The half bottle is a very convenient size when you are drinking it with dinner without company. You don't have to worry about storing the leftover wine and wasting it if it is not consumed in a week.
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Learn About L'Ecole 41 Map ItMap It

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...

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Learn About Columbia Valley

Columbia Valley is the largest of Washington State's wine growing regions, with almost 11 million acres. It encompasses a number of smaller regions, including Yakima Valley, Walla Walla Valley, Red Mountain and more. The vast area consists of a range of climates, allowing viticulturists to plant a diverse selection of grape varieties. Most wineries plant rows sparsely, which...

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Learn About Syrah/Shiraz

(seh-RAH/shee-RAHZ) It's a Smokin' Grape Syrah and Shiraz - same grape, different name. It's a popular and adept variety, growing in multiple regions and creating many different styles of wine. The home base of Syrah is the Northern Rhone, where it creates the exclusive wines of Hermitage and Cote Rotie. On the less pricy side, the Rhone makes Syrah-based wines in Crozes...

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