L'Ecole No. 41 2017 Semillon, Columbia Valley

L'Ecole No. 41 2017 Semillon, Columbia Valley

Item Number: 12682

UPC: 0-721354900012

Country: USA
Region: Washington
Sub Region: Columbia Valley
Appellation/AVA: Columbia Valley
Vintage: 2017
Grape(s): 85% Semillon / 15% Sauvignon Blanc
Type: Wine - White
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 12
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 14.5
Total Acidity: 5.6 g/L
pH: 3.23

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.

Reviews

  • The Wine Spectator
    Rating: 88 (3/31/2019)

    Crisp and vibrant, with lemon, beeswax and spice flavors. Drink now.
  • Jeb Dunnuck
    Rating: 87 (4/11/2019)

    The 2017 Semillon (there's 15% Sauvignon Blanc in the blend) was barrel fermented and aged all in French oak. This medium gold-colored effort has some caramelized citrus, honeysuckle, and brioche characteristics, medium body, good purity, and a clean, crisp finish. It's well-made, easy-drinking, and unquestionably enjoyable.