Another early WAwineman classic, 1st posted on May 14, 2008:
More useless information on the economy…local inflation up 3.4% in the last year, gas prices up, rents up, using natural gas is cheaper than electricity, and…wait a minute, just off the ticker…some items are decreasing! Here’s a sample: my car’s tire pressure from the unaffordability of driving, the tread on my shoes from all the additional walking I’m doing now, my bank account after kissing off $530 at DeLille Cellars last weekend (for 7 bottles of wine–I’ll explain later), and the looking-down view of my toes after consuming a bottle of wine with dinner. I have only one exclamatory remark to all that and it begins, emphatically, with the sixth letter of the modern alphabet! But I digress…
L’Ecole is my “rope-line Nazi” when it comes to my deciding which wines deserve “premium” status. There’s at least 15 different bottlings and not a single one is considered substandard. That’s quite a feat for a locally owned winery producing over 15,000 bottles annually. An earlier review delved into the background of this gem in the Walla Walla AVA so…go find it! One of the first wines I sought out (and found at a QFC of all places) was the 2002 Apogee…their signature Bourdeaux blend. Reader participation: so what was the first wine you hunted for and successfully cellared?
I opened this bottle right after polishing off a CSM 2005 Cold Creek riesling in the middle of dinner. So, my tastebuds were drenched in some heavy flavors and about to sink into freshly grilled corn-on-the-cob (mistake number 1). Even though corn is not in season…with last month’s freaky snow, I swear I saw my neighbors just started pressing late-harvest semillon…the sumptuous crunch of biting into those nimble thimbles of yellow-white kernels reminded me of summer. The sweet juices overpowered the soft nuances of the chenin blanc. Not a good match. So, I did my fastest typewriting imitation with my teeth and skinned two cobs before sending a couple chasers of chenin through. Better for me to have started with chenin when I was firing up the coals, then move to the single-‘yard riesling. This would have been a good starter with a cheese, veggie or fruit plate. Very light, very springtime…even in the rain, which btw is Seattle’s version of spring.
Alcohol: 13.5%. Pure varietal from Willard Family Farms in the Rattlesnake Hills. Vines planted in 1979. Vouvray style (“cold fermentation to enhance the fruity and floral esters”). Harvested October 8, 2007. pH 3.23. Acidity: 0.77gms/100ml. 23.8% brix. 1565 cases. 1.22% residual sugar.
Nose: fluffy light. Color: light yellow. Mouthfeel: filtered water. Tail trail: 2 weak seconds. Flavors of white peach, pear and a parting kiss of apricot.
Value: $11. This is WAwineman…uncorked, uneducated but not uncouth.