Another early WAwineman classic, 1st posted on September 21, 2008:
Signs of a recession: S&P 500 down 25%, the Feds need $700 bil to save the lame bankers, and the WAwineman hasn’t reviewed any bling wines recently. Don’t worry folks, the head office has been focused on more important issues like: the M’s losing streak (at least they’re consistent), the ‘hawk’s losing streak (what offense?), and raining on the beer-guzzlers at Oktoberfest. I just hope the wineries have started crush by now. And, if you receive a call from the Seattle Animal Shelter, I am not on the list that needs a home…until I am foreclosed. Which could be after I auction off my cellar. In your dreams!
One of my fave wineries (disclaimer: I am a wine club member) gave birth to a 1st vintage of a white Bourdeaux blend. And, oh what a great beginning this is. Looking back, this made sense as L’Ecole is the gold standard for semillon and has been for a very long time.
They planted semillon back in ’98 at their estate, then added sau blanc in ’04, committing six acres in total on prime ‘red’ territory at Seven Hills (one of W&S’s ten great vineyards of the world). L’Ecole’s lineup is like the Yankee’s ‘murderer’s row’ so I paired this jewel with an elegant take-out dinner of: ma-po tofu, beef with Chinese broccoli, pineappled spare ribs, and fried rice. This wine brought all the food components together and elevated the meal to another level of satiation. The glazed pineapple slices brought out the best flavors of sweet honeysuckle while the heat of the ma-po tofu sauce was soothed by the trailing spice of the sau blanc. Each dish awakened a distinct taste in this blend so I honestly cannot recommend any better everyday food pairing than these. Most definitely comparable to Buty’s offering. An amazing value!
Nose: persistent layer of tropical white flowers, orange rind, honeycomb, and melon. Color: light gold. Mouthfeel: dense for a middleweight. Tail trail: 5 seconds. Flavors: citrus, honeydew melon, pear, with a trail of paprika and granite.
Alcohol: 14.5%. Semillon 70%, sau blanc 30%. Hand-harvested on 9-1-07 at 24.5 Brix for sau blanc and 10-3-07 at 25.2 Brix for semillon. 520 cases bottled on 6-7-08. pH 3.45. TA 0.61g/100mL. RS<0.2%. 50% malolactic. Walla Walla Valley AVA. Seven Hills Vineyard. Rated: 90. Value: $27. Paid: $19. This is WAwineman…uncorked, uneducated but not uncouth.