The long, sunlit days and cool, brisk nights of a Washington summer are easy to savor. You’ll find them in the white wines made from the more than 13,500 vineyard acres of grapes that grow across the state. The grapes languish in an average of 17.4 hours of sunlight—two hours more than California’s prime growing region. This extra daylight allows grapes to ripen, while cool nights let the fruit’s natural acids remain high, resulting in intriguing, richly flavored, and well-balanced white wines.
L'Ecole No. 41 Columbia Valley Old Vines Chenin Blanc 2017
Old-vine Chenin Blanc is becoming increasingly rare in the state as vines are pulled out to replant more profitable varieties. What a shame. The aromas here offer notes of freshly sliced pear, cantaloupe, banana, melon rind and papaya. The bone-dry palate brings an abundant tropical-fruit flavor and a strong sense of acidity. It lingers on the finish.
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