Welcome to Washington Wine Report’s inaugural virtual tasting! Here’s the deal. At the beginning of each month we will announce a wine to be the focus of our virtual tasting. Two weeks later – to allow time for people to purchase and sample the wine – I will post my tasting notes and hope you will do the same.
This month’s wine is L’Ecole No. 41’s Recess Red 2006. The Recess Red is L’Ecole’s table wine. It is composed of wines not used in their premium blends, often including the hard press fractions. The 2006 vintage is a primarily a blend of Merlot, Cabernet, and Syrah with dollops of Cab Franc, Petit Verdot, and Carmenère thrown in. The wine was aged for ten months in second and third year French and American oak.
Overall I liked this wine quite a bit, especially the nose which I thought was great. The taste was quite good but left me wanting just a little more, which held me back from giving it a star. However, especially on sale - I purchased it for $15 - it is a lot of wine for the money. See my tasting notes below. I look forward to hearing your comments.
We’ll do a virtual tasting again next month. If you would like to suggest wine, varietal, or area, leave a comment or send me an e-mail.
|L’Ecole No. 41 Recess Red 2006||A rich nose with white pepper, spice, stewed rhubarb, and berry aromas. On the taste, it is a well put together wine with cherry throughout and soft tannins. The wine has a good mid-palate but lets off a little on the finish. Sampled at 65 degrees. 37% Merlot; 26% Cabernet; 24% Syrah; 6% Cab Franc; 4% Petit Verdot; 3% Carmenère. 14.1% alcohol. 3,794 cases produced.||$20|