L'Ecole No. 41 2017 Semillon, Columbia Valley
Item Number: 12682
Sub Region: Columbia Valley
Appellation/AVA: Columbia Valley
Grape(s): 85% Semillon / 15% Sauvignon Blanc
Type: Wine - White
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 14.5
Total Acidity: 5.6 g/L
Few Semillons show their richness and complexity as those produced in Washington State. The cool harvest nights help to ensure crisp natural acidity, making this a wonderful food pairing wine.
Vintage Notes: The 2017 vintage was moderate in heat units and produced spectacular quality and balance normally associated with such seasonal conditions. A cool, wet spring delayed bud break until early April, creating some challenges in managing mildew and insect pressures, but also allowing the vines to fully recover from a hard prior winter. Bloom occurred in early June, followed by a slightly warmer than average July and August. Forest fires in British Columbia and Oregon created a high smoke layer during the first half of September, diffusing sunlight and slowing down the fruit ripening. Smoke taint concerns did not materialize. Late September was cooler than normal and this combined stall in fruit maturation pushed most of grape harvest into October. A beautiful Indian summer October brought in plentiful sunshine, warm days, and cool night temperatures producing an ideal balance of flavor development, acid retention, and mineral notes in the majority of wines. A near-perfect vintage in the door.
Winemaking Notes: The grapes were harvested in the cool early morning hours and promptly delivered to the winery for immediate pressing. The fruit was whole-cluster pressed to tank and allowed to settle. The juice was then racked off the solids into neutral tight-grained French oak, then barrel fermented and aged for 5 months.
Tasting Notes: Refreshing with vibrant fruit and balanced acidity, this wine shows pretty orange blossom with layers of honeysuckle, honeydew melon, and lemongrass that persist through to a clean, succulent finish.
89pts (2018 Vintage) Vinous 12/3/2019
"Hints of buttery lees and toast along with stone fruits, honeysuckle and a touch of soft baking spices on the ripe nose. Nicely concentrated and deep, with ripe acidity giving shape to the wine's stone fruit and citrus flavors. The fleshy Semillon is nicely cut by the Sauvignon Blanc component. Plenty ripe but dry, finishing with a suggestion of positive bitterness. With more shape and grip than the 2017 version, this is a lot of wine for $15."