L’Ecole No 41 2008 Luminesce white wine

Another WAwineman classic, 1st posted May 2, 2010:

What was THAT today coming from the Seattle Mariners??? The team has probably the best starting pitching staff ever, but it’s combined with the worst batting order ever. The game should never have gone into extra innings! Sadly, this is becoming quite a drama, what with witnessing the lack of extra-base hits and late-inning bullpen meltdowns. So, it’s no surprise former-Mariner killer Eric Byrnes was released after the game and Matt ‘Tui’ got sent down to Tacoma. It’s all too easy to point at the woes: Griffey and Sweeney need to be released, and I will go out on a limb and say the team does not need to trade for a power hitter; the organization just needs to re-install weights in their gym. They are currently on a 2-year contract with a “guru” that emphasizes flexibility over traditional weights. Not working. The lack of power is not from the players, it’s from their preparation.

On the flip side, thank goodness for L’Ecole Nº 41. Let’s get this straight—it’s not Lecole or L’Ecole No. 41. L’Ecole is French for “the school” and Nº 41 stands for district number 41 in the historic area formerly known as Frenchtown. A couple hundred years ago, the village was mostly comprised of log cabins and Indian camps where the Canadian Metís (a First Nations tribe) fur taders got along with their native hosts from the tribes of the Walla Walla, Umatilla, Cayuse, and Palouse. The Walla Walla Treaty Council of 1855 essentially began the destruction of Frenchtown and its residents were ordered to move out of the area under martial law.

I surmise that the area was renamed Lowden after former Illinois governor (1917-1921), Frank Orren Lowden, whose wife was Florence Pullman Lowden. As a side note, Pullman was originally named Three Forks, in 1886, for the convergence of Missouri Flat Creek, Dry Fork and the South Fork of the Palouse River. Gov. Lowden presided over the Chicago Riots of 1919 and almost won the Republican nomination for President in 1920 that Warren Harding claimed.

Now, who woulda thought there was so much history in an area where students on a school trip through Lowden play a game of “count ‘em”, meaning count as many people around as they pass through, excluding vineyard workers?

L’Ecole wines have similarly passed through my system many times so you can read my previous reviews of their other stellar entries that detail more of this 30,000 cases/year emerging behemoth.

Luminesce differs from incandescent as it refers to electromagnetic radiation (light emission) at cold temperatures (versus high temperatures).

As the wine shimmers through my Riedel crystal and forms deliberately long trails of tears, there are aromas of lemon-peach cocktail, melonball, and white flowers. Light golden straw-colored and dense on the palate, the wine exudes a steady underpinning of grapefruit-citrus while showcasing brilliant stone fruits of white peach, pear, and nectarine, honeydew, and cotton candy fluff. A solid value that will mature over the next couple of years, but drinks well now. 789 cases. This wine was aged in neutral French oak barrels for four months and achieved a soft 30% malolactic fermentation.

Other data: pH 3.50, TA 0.60%, alcohol: 14.2%, RS less than 0.2%. Walla Walla Valley AVA. Seven Hills Vineyard.

Second vintage. Music pairing: “Hearts of Stone” by the Fontane Sisters. Rated: 90. Value: $25. Paid: $19. This is WAwineman…uncorked, uneducated but not uncouth.

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