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2006 Château Léoville-Poyferré Saint-Julien, Médoc

Harvested September 21 to October 7, yielding 235,000 bottles. This vintage of Léoville-Poyferré displays quite hard oak tannins and is really rather charmless, lacking the elegance and charm that distinguishes it in better years. Nonetheless the structure of the wine suggests the capacity to age to 2015–20+. The blend is 73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot. More wine writing by Stuart can be found on his blog, Worcester Sauce.
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2007 Château Léoville-Poyferré Saint-Julien, Médoc

Harvesting began on September 26, the same date as in 2005, and ended on October 10. 257,000 bottles were produced. On the nose this shows the earthy fruit character that is so typical of St-Julien, though some oak is still there. Described as charming by Léoville-Poyferré’s owner Didier Cuvelier, this is pleasant but underwhelming, though it should age well. The blend is 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 7% Petit Verdot, 4% Cabernet Franc. Drink 2015–20+. More wine writing by Stuart can be found on his blog, Worcester Sauce.
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2005 Childress Vineyards Cabernet Franc Reserve, North Carolina

This was given to me by a good friend when I lived back in Ohio. She and her family visited North Carolina, and she brought some wine back to try. This is the first from the Carolinas I've had the opportunity to try. While three-quarters of the bottle is Cab Franc, it also contains 20% Syrah and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. Medium garnet red color. A medium intensity nose with red fruit, oak, and earthiness. One the palate it was clean, and relatively light to medium in structure, tannin, flavor, and acidity. Juicy red fruits. While I wouldn't call this a stellar bottle, it wasn't bad by any means. More importantly, it definitely has me intrigued to try other wines from the Eastern sea board!
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2006 L’Ecole No. 41 Merlot, Columbia Valley

L’Ecole has been producing Merlot since 1983 and after all of these years, they still have the “touch.” With the addition of 12% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot, 3% Cabernet Sauvignon the nose is spicy showing a palate of dark cherries, plums and brambleberries. And last but not least, a long finish of chocolate and pepper.
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2008 L’Ecole No. 41 Estate Luminesce, Walla Walla

The L'Ecole No. 41 2008 Estate Luminesce is from Seven Hills Vineyard in Walla Walla Valley. Pale straw in color, this blend of 70% Sémillon and 30% Sauvignon Blanc offers a nose of grapefruit and lychee with a touch of honeysuckle and slate. Bright minerality on the palate, with more grapefruit and citrus, the Luminesce finishes with a little touch of lemon zest. Perfectly balanced. A great pairing for seafood. Released in September 2009, Luminesce is 14.2% alcohol by volume. The fruit is sourced from sustainable-farmed vineyards, and the wines are certified Salmon Safe. Read more on Another Wine Blog.