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L'Ecole No. 41 Chardonnay Columbia Valley 2012

L'Ecole No. 41 Chardonnay Columbia Valley 750ml 2012     
Sku: 1849714

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Founded in 1983 by Jean and Baker Ferguson, L’Ecole No. 41 was the third winery to open in Walla Walla Valley, Washington. Today it is owned and operated by their daughter and son-in-law, Megan and Martin Clubb. The estate fruit is grown at the acclaimed Seven Hills Vineyard which is coowned with Leonetti Cellar and Pepper Bridge Winery. The remaining fruit is sourced from highly regarded Columbia Valley vineyards such as Klipsun, Bacchus, Dionysus, Milbrandt, Portteus, Fair Acre Farms, Wahluke Slope Vineyards and Willard Farms. Many of these vineyards were planted in the 1970’s or early 1980’s and all of the Walla Walla Valley vineyards are certified sustainable and Salmon Safe. The Semillon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon are all barrel aged. In the fall of 2003, L’Ecole completed the construction of a new concrete tilt barrel storage facility that accommodates the current inventory of over 2,000 French and American oak barrels. For 11 consecutive years, Wine & Spirits Magazine has named L’Ecole No. 41 as Winery of the Year, and was inducted in their Hall of Fame.

Tasting notes
Schmitt Vineyard provides an expressive mix of tropicalfruit, fresh apple, and characters of flint and slate, while Evergreen Vineyard contributes crisp acidity, minerality and complexity on the clean, lingering finish and the rocky Oasis Vineyard adds aromatics.

Rating
 Wine Enthusiast 90 points (Nov 2013)
This lovely Chardonnay shows cool climate flavors at their best, in a warm, ripe vintage. Racy, spicy, bright and with pinpoint focus, it brings great minerality and texture to a core of citrus, cucumber and green melon fruit. Very refreshing, with a creamy mouthfeel and little or no oak influence.

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Country: United States
Region: Washington
Sub-Region: Columbia Valley
Appellation: Columbia Gorge
Grape Varietal: Chardonnay
Type: Still wine
 
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