L’Ecole No. 41 2018 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, $20

By on April 24, 2020
lecole no 41 chardonnay columbia valley 2018 bottle 2 - L'Ecole No. 41 2018 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, $20

The Walla Walla wine industry’s historic schoolhouse pulls from four vineyards in cooler sites across the state — including famous Evergreen in the Ancient Lakes and Stillwater Creek in the Frenchman Hills — for the Clubb family’s flagship Chardonnay. The three-week early-morning harvest for this bottling spent six months on the lees in predominantly neutral French oak, which leads to aromas of butterscotch and light toast with lemon oil and hominy. The theme on the palate is pleasantly bright, juicy and food-friendly with hints of pear pie and lemon, backed by a dash of white pepper, a nibble of apple skin and a dusting of classic Ancient Lakes minerality.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 4,530 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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