L'Ecole No. 41 2016 Old Vine Chenin Blanc, Columbia Valley

L'Ecole No. 41 2016 Old Vine Chenin Blanc, Columbia Valley

Item Number: 10932

UPC: 0-721354890023

Country: USA
Region: Washington
Sub Region: Columbia Valley
Appellation/AVA: Columbia Valley
Vintage: 2016
Grape(s): 100% Chenin Blanc
Type: Wine - White
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 12
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 13.5
Total Acidity: 6.5 g/L
pH: 3.42
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.

Vineyard Sources
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.

Reviews

  • Vinous
    Rating: 91 (10/27/2017)

    Lovely lift to the aromas and flavors of orange, lemon, ginger, shiso leaf and flowers. Dense but racy wine with a cooler note of pink grapefruit and a suggestion of botrytis (but just two grams per liter residual sugar). Turns more citrus and dry on the dusty, building back end. This should age well on its sound acidity. (Clubb noted that he has never acidified his Chenin Blanc because this fruit comes in last, with the highest natural acidity.) Really terrific texture and fruit here, in the style of a just off-dry Vouvray. I'd like to come back to this impressive wine in a couple years.