$35.44
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L'ecole No. 41 Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley 2016 750ml

Rated 94 - Deeper ruby/purple-colored, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley is a solid step up in quality, yielding classic notes of...
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$20.64
$21.94
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L'ecole No. 41 Luminesce Seven Hills Vineyard 2018 750ml

Rated 91 - Bright, pale yellow. Aromas of orange blossom and white peach complicated by hints of anise, brown spices and flowers. A supple, lively,...
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$31.24
$32.74
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L'ecole No. 41 Merlot Walla Walla 2016 750ml

Rated 93 - Slightly more expensive, the 2016 Merlot Walla Walla Valley is all estate fruit and made from 76% Merlot, 18% Cabernet Franc, and the...
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$31.24
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L'ecole No. 41 Syrah Seven Hills Vineyard 2016 750ml

Rated 93 - The smaller production 2016 Syrah Estate Seven Hills Vineyard was mostly destemmed (20% whole clusters) and spent 18 months in 40% new...
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90WA
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$43.26
$45.54
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Northstar Red Blend 2013 750ml

Rated 92 - Another Merlot dominated red is the 2013 Red Blend, which is 63% Merlot, 23% Cabernet Sauvignon and 14% Cabernet Franc, aged 20 months...
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Seven Hills Merlot Seven Hills Vineyard 2014 750ml

Rated 92 - This wine comes from the original Merlot blocks at this vineyard, planted in 1982. It’s aromatic, with notes of plum, raspberry, clove...
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$29.96
$31.54
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Seven Hills Red Wine 2014 750ml

Rated 90 - Bright ruby-red. An aroma of cassis is a bit overshadowed in the early going by pungent oak notes of espresso and bitter chocolate. Then...
90VM
$53.94
$55.54
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Spring Valley Cabernet Franc Katherine Corkrum 2013 750ml

Rated 90 - The aromas pop on this wine, with generous notes of white pepper, jalapeno pepper and herbs. The cherry flavors are light and elegant,...
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$48.96
$51.54
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Spring Valley Frederick 2015 750ml

Rated 93 - Based on 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc, and 8% Malbec, the 2015 Red Wine Frederick gives up slightly more...
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$52.76
$55.54
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Spring Valley Nina Lee 2012 750ml

Rated 93 - Slightly more modern styled, yet still playing in the classical, balanced style of the estate, the 2012 Syrah Nina Lee is 100% Syrah...
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$48.20
$50.74
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Spring Valley Uriah 2015 750ml

Rated 92 - (as 2015 was a very hot year for Merlot, Serge Laville cut back the percentage of the variety in this blend): Full ruby-red. Aromas of...
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United States Walla Walla 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.

The beautiful sub-region of Walla Walla sits within the vast Washington State wine region of Columbia Valley, in the dry and arid, gently sloping lowlands which typify the area. The region has been building up a powerful reputation over the past few decades, and dozens of wineries have opened within the sub-region of Walla Walla over the past twenty years, helping it establish itself as a force to be reckoned with in the world of United States wines. Walla Walla is internationally renowned for the high quality of its Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot varietal wines, made from imported French grape varietals which adore the dry and arid soils which are found within the region. However, many grape varietals thrive within Walla Walla, and wineries are now expanding their portfolios and creating a wide array of wines.

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.