Thursday, June 23, 2011

Spirit of Wine Review & Rating: **** $$ L'Ecole No. 41 Semillon, Columbia Valley, Washington, 2009 (BEST VALUE)

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By way of background, opening thoughts: Semillon is a lesser-known and, I believe, regularly under-rated white wine, often used as a blender.  However, this one from Washington State is designed to stand essentially on its own, blended with a mere 13% sauvignon blanc.

Original tasting and review : This is L'Ecole No. 41 Semillon, Columbia Valley, Washington, 2009, finished at 14.5% alcohol.

In the glass:  L'Ecole No. 41 Semillon is light golden in the glass. 

On the nose: Poured cool with a brief decant and swirled vigorously, shows rich pears, white pepper and a dusting of chalk.  From the aroma, seems like this will be both rich and bright, perhaps with a touch of sugar.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact full-bodied and honeyed, with soft bee-comb honey dripping down your cheeks.  Tropical fruits and pear surround the core.  The finish builds nicely, with acids picking up from the sweet fruit, and bringing the sip to lodge in upper ridges of your teeth and cheeks.  Hints of pineapple come along at the very finish, which slowly fades to a crisp and precise vanishing point. 

In summary: Overall, the layered, luscious yet still focused experience rates four stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, making this a best value.

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