Never visited the L’Ecole No 41 tasting room in Walla Walla? You have got to to add it to your must-see list. It’s a historic schoolhouse built in 1915! And, if you’re a fan of the Northwest McMenamins chain of restaurants and hotels, I guarantee you’ll feel right at home in this sophisticated re-purposed space.
Lovely floral aromas of honeysuckle and orange blossoms, along with tart lemons and toasted marshmallows emerged as I swirled my glass.
If I only had three words to describe this Semillon, they would be rich, creamy and supple! I tasted both the tart lemons and honeysuckle notes from the bouquet, along with tropical flavors of starfruit and pineapple. As the wine evolved, I discovered notes of crème brûlée and the tastes and textures of chewing on a stalk of sugar cane. The finish is dry and tart, making this wine an easy one to pair with many types of foods.
Washington state rules allow L’Ecole No 41 to label this wine as Semillon, however, it does contain 15% Sauvignon blanc, adding brightness and acidity to the finished product.
Food pairing suggestions:
Enjoy this wine with fettuccine alfredo // salmon mac and cheese // lobster rolls // fish and chips
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