L'Ecole No. 41 2016 Old Vine Chenin Blanc, Columbia Valley
Item Number: 10932
Sub Region: Columbia Valley
Appellation/AVA: Columbia Valley
Grape(s): 100% Chenin Blanc
Type: Wine - White
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 13.5
Total Acidity: 6.5 g/L
Case Production: 4,090
L’Ecole has produced this Vouvray inspired Old Vine Chenin Blanc since 1987 and we are one of just a handful of Washington producers to focus on this versatile and captivating varietal. Sourced from some of the oldest Chenin Blanc vineyards in the state, this wine’s abundant aromatics, vibrant flavors and mineral notes are beautifully balanced with crisp acidity.
Willard Farms , Yakima Valley, planted 1979
Rothrock Vineyard , Yakima Valley, planted 1978
Upland Vineyard , Snipes Mountain, Yakima Valley, planted 1979
Phil Church , Yakima Valley, planted in 1979
Winemaking Notes: The Chenin Blanc was harvested in the cool, early morning hours and promptly delivered to the winery for immediate pressing. The fruit was gently whole-cluster pressed to minimize phenolics and solids. The settled juice was racked off the solids then fermented slowly in a stainless steel tank over an extended period of time at cool temperatures to yield rich and fruity flavors. Upon completion the wine was fermented to dryness, cold stabilized, and filtered.
Tasting Notes: This fresh and vibrant Chenin Blanc shows highly expressive aromatics of pink grapefruit, passion fruit, petrol, and citrus blossom with flavors of tangerine and yellow apple on a crisp mineral finish.