L’Ecole No. 41 2014 Old Vines Chenin Blanc, Columbia Valley, $15

By on July 23, 2015

L'Ecole No. 41-2014-Old Vines Chenin BlancBest Buy! Perhaps no one in the Pacific Northwest is as dedicated Chenin Blanc as Marty Clubb, who has been making it in a Vouvray style since 1987. And the Walla Walla Valley vintner starts with vines planted nearly a decade earlier than that — all in the Yakima Valley with Rothrock (1978), Phil Church (1979), Upland (1979) and Willard Farms (1979). The aromas offer Meyer lemon,  tree-ripened Golden Delicious apple and lemon peel with a hint of toasted marshmallow. It explodes with scintillating acidity and expressive flavors of Granny Smith apple, Key Lime juice and green banana, a combination that finishes very dry as the residual sugar settled out at 0.5%.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 4,750 cases

Alcohol: 13.5%

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  1. […] said quality Chenin Blanc is making a revival, in part because of the price and producers such as L’Ecole No. 41, Kyra Wines and Waitsburg […]

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