L'Ecole No 41 Yakima Valley Chenin Blanc 2019
|Region||United States, Washington, Columbia Valley|
|Brand||L'Ecole No 41|
This fresh and vibrant Chenin Blanc shows highly expressive aromatics of pink grapefruit, passion fruit, petrol, and citrus blossom with flavors of tangerine and yellow apple on a crisp mineral finish.
This wine is consistently one of the best values from the state or the country for that matter. The aromas leap up, with notes of passion fruit, guava and kiwi. The palate is broad and flavorful, with vibrant, mouthwatering acidity. It's a stylistic shift from recent vintages, with the coolness of the season and October frost making it considerably more nervy and edgy.
The 2019 Chenin Blanc Old Vines begins with a vibrant and floral nose, opening to aromas of white peach, sweet citrus, green apple and underripe pear, plus pineapple tones with a soft dusty minerality. Medium-bodied, the wine is expressive on the palate with lively acidity, a citrus-laced mouthfeel and balanced structure. Concluding with a lingering finish, a persistent and energetic acidity remains with a citrus blossom essence. This wine may represent the best value in all of Washington State.
A Vouvray-style Chenin done in stainless steel; the fruit was picked at an average Brix level of 21.6 degrees at the end of the harvest just before rain): Very pale, bright yellow. Lively aromas of pear, lime and spearmint, plus hints of talc and lanolin. Juicy, fruity and supple, offering a lovely touch of sweetness (actually just 2.3 grams per liter) and easygoing fruit flavors of surprising ripeness. Spreads out to saturate the palate on the fairly dry, minty, slightly tart back end. This wine struck me as bit less gripping and tightly wound than the 2018 bottling at the same stage. May go honeyed with bottle aging.
All sizes are 750ml unless otherwise stated.
Vintages are subject to change at anytime.
Items shown on the website may or may not be in stock.
Images and products on the website are subject to change at any time.