L’Ecole No. 41 2015 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, $21

By on January 22, 2017

There’s a common baseline to a growing number of remarkable aromatic white wines from Washington state, and that’s the Milbrandts’ Evergreen Vineyard in the dramatic Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley American Viticultural Area near the Gorge Amphitheater. Evergreen makes up most of this blend with Yakima Valley sites Schmitt and Oasis. There’s a touch of oak involved and the six months of surlie aging make for aromas of dried pineapple, lemon chiffon and Spanish almond. It’s an approachable and balanced drink of Golden Delicious apple, Bosc pear and starfruit.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 5,350 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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