L’Ecole Stars

L'Ecole Stars Five ReleasesEvery year, talented winemakers Marty Clubb, Marcus Rafanelli and their team produce L’Ecole stars. From refreshing whites to luscious reds, L’Ecole wines move to the front of the class. These five fall releases continue the trend of impressive wines from the historic schoolhouse in Walla Walla — especially the magnificent 2020 Cellar Selection Cabernet Sauvignon (which honors L’Ecole’s 40th anniversary). L’Ecole is one of the most honored wineries in WA, and has generated national and international accolades for superior quality wines. Read on for more about these five stars.

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Perigee

L'Ecole Perigee 2002Tasting wines through different vintages is always a learning experience. There are many nuances. For example, the age of the wine, the composition of grapes in each vintage, the vineyard location, its soil, and the weather all play a role. Over the years, we tasted numerous vintages of L’Ecole No. 41 Perigee from Seven Hills Vineyard. Most recently, the winery sent us both the 2015 and 2018 Perigee. Read on to learn more about this luscious wine, which we really appreciate.

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Succession

 Brock Lindsay, co-owner and winemaker of Succession Wines In September, we visited Succession Winery in the Lake Chelan Valley with our good friends, Chuck and Rita Kinzer. And we were instantly reminded why we decided two years ago that Succession is a winery to watch. That’s when we first met talented winemaker Brock Lindsay, who is co-owner with his wife Erica. This year, Brock was on the crush pad processing Merlot when we stopped by. But he kindly took a break to chat. Read on for details of their story and wine.

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Liberty Lake

Liberty Lake Wine Cellars lineupWe originally tasted wines from Liberty Lake Wine Cellars a year ago, and appreciated them. The trend continues, after receiving three samples of current releases from winemaker and co-owner Mark Lathrop: Reserve Syrah, Petit Verdot and Merlot (in time for Merlot Month). Liberty Lake is a  boutique Washington state winery near Spokane, focusing on bold reds from Red Mountain. Read on for details about these tasty wines and the Liberty Lake story.

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