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L'Ecole No. 41 Chenin Blanc 2012

L'Ecole No. 41 Chenin Blanc 2012

750ML      
Sku: 058073

Founded in 1983 by Jean and Baker Ferguson, L’Ecole No. 41 was the third winery to open in Walla Walla Valley, Washington. Today it is owned and operated by their daughter and son-in-law, Megan and Martin Clubb. The estate fruit is grown at the acclaimed Seven Hills Vineyard which is coowned with Leonetti Cellar and Pepper Bridge Winery. The remaining fruit is sourced from highly regarded Columbia Valley vineyards such as Klipsun, Bacchus, Dionysus, Milbrandt, Portteus, Fair Acre Farms, Wahluke Slope Vineyards and Willard Farms. Many of these vineyards were planted in the 1970’s or early 1980’s and all of the Walla Walla Valley vineyards are certified sustainable and Salmon Safe. The Semillon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon are all barrel aged. In the fall of 2003, L’Ecole completed the construction of a new concrete tilt barrel storage facility that accommodates the current inventory of over 2,000 French and American oak barrels. For 11 consecutive years, Wine & Spirits Magazine has named L’Ecole No. 41 as Winery of the Year, and was inducted in their Hall of Fame.

Tasting notes
This oldvine, Vouvray-style Chenin Blanc has been produced since1987 and offers fresh and tart notes of Asian pear, lavender, honeysuckle and orange blossom. Flavors of sweet apple, apricot and pink grapefruit meld seamlessly with the robust and crisp mineral finish.

Review
When I walked into LíEcole on a hot Wednesday morning in June, I was greeted with a warm welcome and a glass of wine. What better way to start the day? As I tasted through LíEcoleís lineup, I was struck by how delicious their Chenin Blanc was, and I instantly became a fan. I sniffed and swirled, taking in the orange blossom and mango aromatics of this fresh white. At first sip, my mouth filled with flavors of tropical fruit, apple, peaches, and a touch of sweetness, all perfectly refreshing after the hot weather I had just left outside. Soon, I found myself no longer spitting as this wine was just too good to let go of.
After falling in love, my heart was broken when I was told that this was a winery-only exclusive. But now Iím happy to say that this wine has finally made its way to New York and that I can offer it for you to enjoy. ~ Samantha, 67Wine Buyer, 08/07/2013

Rating
 Wine Enthusiast 92 points (Sep 2013)
Just a hint of residual sugar provides perfect balance to this lovely Chenin Blanc, sourced from old vines in the Yakima Valley. The floral top notes invigorate the entry, and the cool climate, old vine flavors mingle seamlessly. A sea of sweet melon, citrus, pineapple and orange creates a broad and flavorful mid-palate, all in beautiful balance and proportion. - Best Buy

Technical notes
Alcohol: 13.5%

Food pairing
Iím the type of person who enjoys spicy food year round, including in hot summer weather. I was feeling unmotivated one night and didnít feel like cooking, so I had a friend bring over some jerk chicken from a local restaurant. While Riesling is typically a go-to for spicy foods, the thought of pairing this dish with LíEcole No. 41 Chenin Blanc sounded more adventurous and appealing. This juicy chicken, dry rubbed with allspice, habanero peppers, and other herbs and spices, served as the perfect foil to this seemingly crisp, dry white. The wineís tropical fruit, along with a hint of sweetness on the finish, cut through the chickenís heat without dampening its bold flavors. If you prefer something seasonal, this Chenin Blanc is also perfect as a lazy afternoon ďporch pounder,Ē or with creamy mac-and-cheese.
~ Samantha, 67Wine Buyer, 08/07/2013

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