L’Ecole No. 41 2013 Old Vines Chenin Blanc, Columbia Valley, $14

By on July 3, 2014

lecole-no-41-old-vines-chenin-blanc-2013-bottleBest Buy! The term “Old Vines” is subjective in the Pacific Northwest, but for our region, it’s appropriate when talking about this Vouvray-style Chenin Blanc poured at the old schoolhouse west of Walla Walla. Marty Clubb sources from four historic Yakima Valley sites — Phil Church, Rothrock, Upland and Willard Farms — each first planted no later than 1979. Fruity aromas of quince, lime and Jonagold apple are joined by hints of spun sugar and candy corn. On the palate, the presentation is bone dry with apple, starfruit and jicama flavors. In the background are notes of timothy hay and minerality, which make the mouth water for oysters on the half shell. The family set the standard for this variety beginning in 1987, and fortunately, production was increased by about 400 cases over the 2012 vintage.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 4,220 cases

Alcohol: 13.5%

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