L'Ecole No. 41 Syrah Seven Hills 2018 - 750ml

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95pts James Suckling

A nose of dark plums, smoke, dried herbs and peppercorn. It’s fullbodied with fine tannins. Round and creamy with a velvety texture and great balance. An elegant syrah with finesse and character. Long finish. Very polished. Give it time. Better in 2023.

94pts Jeb Dunnuck

I loved the 2018 Syrah Estate Seven Hills Vineyard (100% Syrah from an estate vineyard in Walla Walla), which has an exotic nose of mulberries, blackberries, camphor, violets, and flowery incense. With medium to full body, a round, layered texture, notable purity and precision, and a great finish, it’s another beautiful Syrah from this team that I’d be happy to drink. It should keep for at least 10-12 years.

91pts Wine Spectator

A handsome red, with a sense of zestiness, plus lively currant, crushed stone and olive tones that finish with medium-grained tannins. Drink now through 2028. Tim Fish


90pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Fermented in small oak barrels, 40% new, the 2018 Syrah Seven Hills Vineyard Estate opens to a nose with noticeable oak essence. It displays elements of vanilla, cardamom and nutmeg before dusty blackberry tones sway with aromas of black peppercorn, roasted herbs and black olive. Medium to full-bodied, the Syrah offers flavors of black plum skin, blackberry compote and red peppercorn with a firm mineral tension before tight, drying tannins express across the mid-palate. The wine ends with a juicy and dusty finish with a subtly spiced sensation to the aftertaste.  Anthony Mueller


90pts Wine Enthusiast

The aromas offer notes of dark fruit, spice and dried herbs. Rich, fullbodied flavors follow, with bunched up tannins providing support. It’s a no-holds-barred offering of the variety. Give it some time in the decanter.  Sean Sullivan

Winemaker Notes

This bold, concentrated Estate Syrah exudes balance, marrying savory aromas of baking spices, green olive, and garrigue herbs. The complex palate shows further flavors of white pepper and smoked game, adorned with juicy plum and accented by exotic floral essences and ripe black fruit. The style is generous and silky, finishing with beautifully integrated tannins.


Washington State’s climate and soil is ideally suited to maximize the varietal characteristics of Syrah. Crafted from some of the earliest Walla Walla Valley Syrah plantings, this wine manifests old world attributes of earth and spice, in combination with the new world profile of bold, expressive fruit.