L’Ecole No. 41 2017 Seven Hills Vineyard Estate Luminesce Sèmillon • Sauvignon Blanc, Walla Walla Valley, $21

By on July 24, 2019

The little schoolhouse in Lowden, Wash., makes the dean’s list once again for its work with white Bordeaux varieties. L’Ecole’s latest blend continues the decade-long trend of Sèmillon leading the Sauvignon Blanc (46%) that hails from Seven Hills Vineyard, which is closing on its 40th birthday. Nearly a third of the wine underwent malolactic fermentation and all of it was aged on the lees for fourth months in neutral French oak, a combination that builds a graceful mouth feel with just a touch of barrel. Fig, melon, Golden Delicious apple and pear butter are capped by lemon, making it deserving of smoked trout or linguini with cream sauce. It earned a gold medal at the 2019 Walla Walla Valley Wine Competition, a scholarship fundraiser for College Cellars.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 1,380 cases

Alcohol: 14.5%

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Articles authored by Great Northwest Wine are co-authored by Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.

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