L'Ecole No. 41 2016 Semillon, Columbia Valley

L'Ecole No. 41 2016 Semillon, Columbia Valley

Item Number: 11504

UPC: 0-721354900012

Country: USA
Region: Washington
Sub Region: Columbia Valley
Appellation/AVA: Columbia Valley
Vintage: 2016
Grape(s): 86% Semillon / 14% Sauvignon Blanc
Type: Wine - White
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 12
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 14.5
Total Acidity: 6.8 g/L
pH: 3.24
Case Production: 5,145

Vineyard Sources: 33% Stillwater Creek, 25% Rosebud, 22% Klipsun, 14% Desert Wind, 7% Seven Hills

Vintage Notes: The 2016 vintage was a large harvest for Washington State; it started early with a mild winter, hot spring, and early bud break. While cool mid-June, weather was ideal for bloom and fruit set. July temperatures were lower than normal, allowing for healthy berry and cluster growth. Continued mild weather through August and September stretched the growing season allowing the fruit to ripen gradually and evenly, with lower sugars and higher acidity. The longer hang time produced fantastic balance of flavor and structure in both the white and red varieties.

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: 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. Rich with vibrant fruit and balanced acidity, this wine shows pretty orange blossom with layers of fresh lemongrass, yellow apple and melon that expand on a clean finish.

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  • The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 87 (6/29/2018)

    The 2016 Columbia Valley Sémillon exhibits aromas of waxy lemon rind, followed by a medium-bodied, moderately textural, open-knit white that's clean and correct in every respect. For the modest tariff, it represents a definite success, and given Sémillon's capacity to age, it might even surprise with a year or two in the cellar.