Walla Walla Washington Wine

*Disclaimer: I received this wine as a sample from L’Ecole.

As some of you may know, this year’s North American Wine Blogger Conference is in Walla Walla, Washington. I’m still working out the details to see if it will be a possibility for me to attend this time, but in the meantime, I’m trying out some wines from Walla Walla, this month thanks to the folks at L’Ecole. I’ve only had a few Washington State wines, and even fewer from Walla Walla, so I’m happy to be able to expand my tasting a bit and bring you something different. First up is the 2007 L’Ecole No. 41 Estate Syrah.  The wine retails for $36, had a real cork closure, and clocked in at 14.8% alcohol by volume.

Big meaty pepper dark fruit wrapped in some smoke tinged with herbs. Yum. Meat, pepper, spice, black fruit, plums, blackberries, earth, and herbs showed on the nose for me. In the mouth plum and blackberry fought for attention with spice, pepper, leather, anise, earth, and some creamy notes rounding out the palate. At first this showed really tight for me and it needed a couple hours in the glass to really open up into juicy big fruits.