L'Ecole No. 41 2019 Old Vine Chenin Blanc, Columbia Valley
Item Number: 14351
Sub Region: Columbia Valley
Appellation/AVA: Columbia Valley
Estate Grown Wine: No
Grape(s): 100% Chenin Blanc
Type: Wine - White
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 13
Residual Sugar(g/L): 2.3 g/L
Total Acidity: 7.0 g/L
Case Production: 4.350
L’Ecole No 41 has produced this old vine, crisp and aromatic Vouvray-style Chenin Blanc since 1987.
Winemaking Notes: The high elevation Upland Vineyard was machine-harvested in the middle of the night prior to the freeze (October). All of the other vineyards were manually harvested after the freeze to avoid toasted leaves. The Chenin Blanc 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. After primary fermentation was complete, the wine was cold stabilized, and filtered.
Tasting Notes: This complex Chenin Blanc shows expressive citrus and stone fruit aromatics, with blood orange, Meyer lemon and white peach notes, offset by crisp pear and quince aromas. In the mouth, tropical flavors of gooseberry, kiwi, guava, and starfruit permeate through a vibrant finish.