L'Ecole No. 41 Syrah Seven Hills 2019 - 750ml

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94pts James Suckling

A lush nose of black cherry, walnut, blackberry and blueberry. Full-bodied with fine tannins. Rich and dense layers of dark fruit with brooding complexity. Coffee, clove, charred rosemary and cassis. Very well balanced. This needs some time to integrate everything that’s going on. Best after 2024.
93pts Wine & Spirits
Once this syrah sheds its reductive cloak, it shows off the red-fruit warmth and dusty expressiveness of one of Walla Walla’s most esteemed vineyard sites. It’s surprisingly floral, leading with scents of black tea and lavender, giving way to a compact blackberry core of flavor, limned by tobacco and caramelly oak. The wine’s compactness and concentration suggest a long life in the cellar.
93pts Jeb Dunnuck
The 2019 Syrah Estate Seven Hills Vineyard (100% Syrah) comes from a site in the Walla Walla Valley and is another terrific effort from this team. Blackberries, plums, ripe black cherries, peppery spice, and subtle chocolate notes all define the bouquet, and it's medium to full-bodied, has terrific purity, a balanced mouthfeel, and outstanding length. I'd happily drink bottles any time over the coming decade.
91pts Wine Enthusiast
L'Ecole always puts forth a fruit-forward, unabashedly delicious offering of this variety, and that is what we have here. The aromas are primary, with notes of blueberry, raspberry and spice. Plump but still deft, center-focused flavors follow. There's plenty of structure behind it. It's impossible not to enjoy it.
90pts Wine Spectator
Shows precision and refinement, with a taut core of lively acidity and tannins framed by currant, crushed rock and black olive.

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.