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L'ecole No. 41 Apogee Pepper Bridge Vineyard 2013 750ml

Rated 93 - Incorporating the most Cabernet Sauvignon of the special cuvees, the 2013 Apogee Pepperbridge Vineyard comes entirely from the Pepper...
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L'ecole No. 41 Ferguson Commemorative Reserve 2013 750ml

Rated 94 - Another head turner from this estate is the inky colored 2013 Ferguson, which comes from their newest estate vineyard. Made from 56%...
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L'ecole No. 41 Frenchtown 2014 750ml

Rated 90 - This wine is a blend of Bordeaux and Rhone varieties with Merlot (30%) and Syrah (24%) taking the lead. Aromas of raspberry, dark plum...
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Long Shadows Saggi 2014 750ml

Rated 94 - The 2014 Saggi is gorgeous. Black cherry, blackcurrants, licorice, graphite and spice characteristics all give way to a rich,...
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Mark Ryan Dead Horse Ciel Du Cheval Vineyard 2013 1.5Ltr

Rated 90-92+ - More straightforward and focused, with lots of mineral nuances intermixed with graphite, ground herbs, black cherry and blackberry...
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Mark Ryan Dead Horse Ciel Du Cheval Vineyard 2013 750ml

Rated 90-92+ - More straightforward and focused, with lots of mineral nuances intermixed with graphite, ground herbs, black cherry and blackberry...
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Mark Ryan Dead Horse Ciel Du Cheval Vineyard 2014 750ml

Rated 93-95 - Tasted out of barrel, the rich, full-bodied 2014 Dead Horse Ciel du Cheval Vineyard sports an inky purple color as well as flat out...
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Mark Ryan Long Haul Ciel Du Cheval Vineyard 2014 750ml

Rated 90-92 - The 2014 Long Haul Ciel du Cheval Vineyard was shifted to a more Merlot dominated blend in 2014. It offers plenty of currants, plums,...
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Mark Ryan The Dissident 2014 750ml

Rated 91-93 - The entry-level Bordeaux blend (which is as good as many estate top wines) is the 2014 The Dissident, and it will be another great...

Red Blend United States Washington State

Of all the New World wine countries, perhaps the one which has demonstrated the most flair for producing high quality wines - using a combination of traditional and forward-thinking contemporary methods - has been the United States of America. For the past couple of centuries, the United States has set about transforming much of its suitable land into vast vineyards, capable of supporting a wide variety of world-class grape varietals which thrive on both the Atlantic and the Pacific coastlines. Of course, we immediately think of sun-drenched California in regards to American wines, with its enormous vineyards responsible for the New World's finest examples of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot based wines, but many other states have taken to viticulture in a big way, with impressive results. Oregon, Washington State and New York have all developed sophisticated and technologically advanced wine cultures of their own, and the output of U.S wineries is increasing each year as more and more people are converted to their produce.

Since it began in the 1820s, wine-production in Washington state has gone from strength to strength, with many of the finest United States wines coming out over the past twenty years hailing from this region. Today, the state is the second largest US producer of wines, behind California, with over forty thousand acres under vine. The state itself is split into two distinct wine regions, separated by the Cascade Range, which casts an important rain shadow over much of the area. As such, the vast majority of vines are grown and cultivated in the dry, arid desert-like area in the eastern half of the state, with the western half producing less than one percent of the state's wines where it is considerably wetter. Washington state is famed for producing many of the most accessible wines of the country, with Merlot and Chardonnay varietal grapes leading the way, and much experimentation with other varietals characterizing the state's produce in the twenty-first century.