L'Ecole No. 41 2018 Semillon, Columbia Valley

L'Ecole No. 41 2018 Semillon, Columbia Valley

Item Number: 14350

UPC: 0-721354900012

Country: USA
Region: Washington
Sub Region: Columbia Valley
Appellation/AVA: Columbia Valley
Estate Grown Wine: No
Vintage: 2018
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: 3.36
Case Production: 4,150

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: 2018 saw perfect dry harvest weather with extended hang-time resulting in rich color and vibrant fruit flavors, another great vintage for Washington State. Higher sugars were balanced against higher acid levels and wonderfully intense color and tannin extraction, big fruit flavors, and overall balanced structure. Another strong Washington vintage.

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: A refreshing Semillon with vibrant fruit and balanced acidity, this wine shows pretty citrus blossom accented by layers of honeysuckle, melon, apple, spice, and lemon zest persisting through a clean, succulent finish.

Reviews

  • Jeb Dunnuck
    Rating: 90 (4/15/2020)

    The medium gold-hued 2018 Semillon offers a ripe, concentrated style that carries lots of stone fruit and honeyed white flower aromatics as well as a medium-bodied, textured, beautifully balanced style on the palate. It's another terrific Semillon from Washington that does everything right. It's not the most complex white out there, but it's a screaming deal at the price. It will shine on the dinner table.
  • Vinous
    Rating: 89 (12/3/2019)

    Hints of buttery lees and toast along with stone fruits, honeysuckle and a touch of soft baking spices on the ripe nose. Nicely concentrated and deep, with ripe acidity giving shape to the wine's stone fruit and citrus flavors. The fleshy Semillon is nicely cut by the Sauvignon Blanc component. Plenty ripe but dry, finishing with a suggestion of positive bitterness. With more shape and grip than the 2017 version, this is a lot of wine for $15.