Vouvray-style Chenin Blanc has been produced since1987 and offers fresh and tart notes of Asian pear, lavender,
honeysuckle and orange blossom. Flavors of sweet apple, apricot and pink grapefruit meld seamlessly with the robust and
crisp mineral finish.
L'Ecole No. 41, the third winery to open in Walla Walla Valley in Washington State, was founded in
1983 by Jean and Baker Ferguson. 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
co-owned with Leonetti Cellar and Pepper Bridge Winery. Established relationships with highly
regarded Columbia Valley vineyards such as Klipsun, Bacchus, Dionysus, Milbrandt, Portteus, Fair
Acre Farms, Wahluke Slope Vineyards and Willard Farms provide the rest of the fruit. Many of these
vineyards were planted in the 1970's or early 1980's.
The Semillon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon are all barrel aged. A recently
built concrete tilt barrel storage facility can accommodate as many as 2,000 oak barrels. All Walla
Walla Valley vineyards are certified sustainable and certified Salmon Safe. Wine & Spirits named
L'Ecole No. 41 Winery of the Year in its 2010 Annual Buying Guide. L'Ecole has received this honor
eight consecutive times, placing them in Wine & Spirits Hall of Fame.
|Grapes from vines planted in 1979 at Willard Farms, Rattlesnake Hills and Phil Church in Yakima Valley near Sunnyside, were
harvested in the morning to preserve freshness and acidity. The fruit was whole cluster pressed, racked off its solids and
fermented slowly in stainless steel tanks. After fermentation, the wine was cold stabilized, and filtered before bottling.