L'Ecole No. 41 2017 Old Vine Chenin Blanc, Columbia Valley
Item Number: 12005
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: 3,900
L’Ecole No 41 has produced this old vine, crisp and aromatic Vouvray-style Chenin Blanc since 1987.
Upland Vineyard, Snipes Mountain, Yakima Valley, planted 1979
Rothrock Vineyard, Yakima Valley, planted 1978
Phil Church, Yakima Valley, planted in 1979
Vintage Notes from Vinous 11/2018: "Owner/managing winemaker Marty Clubb told me that the 'massive smoke-cloud cover' in late August and early September of 2017 filtered the sunshine and slowed photosynthesis, so that 'everything stalled for a few weeks,' and then the temperatures in late September were cooler than usual. For L’Ecole No. 41, it was the first growing season since 2011 in which a majority of the fruit was harvested in October, and Clubb considers 2017 to be a superb year for white wines. But he noted that mildew pressures began with unusual humidity levels in May and June and that 'once the spores got going, it was a real battle, especially in our white vineyards.'"
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 citrus blossom, passion fruit, slate and stone fruit with flavors of yellow apple on a crisp mineral finish.