L’Ecole Semillon

Review by Eric Tansey, CSW, sommelier                                                                                                                             The L’Ecole Semillon has powerful aromas of banana, pear, and honeysuckle. On the palate the wine is crisp and refreshing, with sour green apple and melon on the front of the palate that fade quickly to lemon and green grass on the mid palate. Great summer time wine, great for those lighter, sandwich-style food pairings. Well balanced with clean and crisp acidity, alcohol, and barely noticeable oak influences.

Tansey’s Blind Review- 89 Points 

Wine Spectator – 90 Points

89 points, Top 100 Values of the Year, Best Buy – Wine & Spirits

89 points – Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar

The Break Down 

Dryness level

Wine Selection -L’Ecole Semillon

Region – Columbia Valley Washington

Vintage – 2013

Varietal – 87% Semillon, 13% Sauvignon Blanc 

Alcohol – 14.5%

Oak- French Oak and Sur Lie aging 

Vineyards – Klipsun, Rosebud, Desert Wind, Stillwater Creek, Seven Hills and Les Collines

Case Production- 4,800 Cases

Food Pairing- Mussels, fish, salad, light white pasta. Try this recipe by Ashleigh Tansey http://tanseyreviews.com/2016/07/23/steamed-mussels/

Wine Makers Notes

Few Semillons show their richness and complexity as those produced in Washington State. Our cool harvest nights help to ensure crisp natural acidity, making this a wonderful food pairing wine.

90 points – Wine Spectator: L’Ecole Semillon

“Light and refreshing, this white offers flavors of tangy tangerine peel and grapefruit that pick up a creamy fig note as the finish lingers. Drink now through 2016. 4,800 cases made.”– Harvey Steiman

89 points, Top 100 Values of the Year, Best Buy – Wine & Spirits:L’Ecole Semillon

“Amber in color, with broad scents of honey and quince, this wine’s medley peachy flavor is refreshing and juicy, with a leesy breadth. Pour with crap cakes.” – Patrick Comiskey

89 points – Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar:L’Ecole Semillon

“(blended with 13% Sauvignon Blanc): Aromas and flavors of apple, pear and fig complicated by brown spices. Sweet, tactile and firm, with a solid spicy edge giving shape to the middle palate. Offers good density and finishes with sneaky length.” – Stephen Tanzer

Top 100 wines #2 – Great Northwest Wine, December 2014, www.greatnorthwestwine.com:

“L’Ecole owner Marty Clubb has carried the flag for Semillon for decades, crafting greatness from this noble Bordeaux variety grown in the arid Columbia Valley. Classic aromas of dried pineapple and fresh fig meld with hints of caramel and ghee. On the palate, it reveals flavors of rich tropical fruit. Tired of Chardonnay? Give Semillon a try. This won a gold medal at the Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition.” – Andy Perdue