From: Royal Slope AVA, Washington
Taste: This brilliant single-vineyard Semillon expresses prominent aromatic layers of fresh fig, apricot, Asian pear, and lychee accented by a nuanced ginger spice overtone. It reaffirms its complexity in the mouth with a broad, flavorful array of melon, lemongrass, and chamomile, carrying through to a balanced, succulent, and lingering finish.
Pairing: Some awesome Semillon food pairings include lemon chicken, shrimp scampi, poached lobster, truffle popcorn, ginger pork, Thai or Chinese cuisine, and Greek food. Honey walnut prawns, pork satay with Thai spices and peanut sauce (see the recipe below), fried rice, basil chicken, sweet and sour pork/chicken/tofu, souvlaki, baked feta with honey, or chicken salad with skordalia are some specific options within the aforementioned categories.
Pork Satay With Thai Spices and Peanut Sauce
By David Tanis
About the winery. Founded in 1983 in the Walla Walla Valley, L'Ecole No 41 is one of Washington State's most iconic and oldest family-owned wineries. Housed in the historic Frenchtown School depicted on their label, they have earned international acclaim for producing the highest quality distinctive wines. They craft ultra-premium wines that reflect the unmistakable typicity of Washington State and the unique terroir of their Walla Walla Valley vineyards.
Growing and making 100% of their wines, each bottle is handcrafted with a commitment to quality in the vineyards and the winery. Over three decades of winemaking experience, ongoing investments in their Walla Walla Estate Ferguson and Seven Hills Vineyards, and long-term relationships with many of the most prominent vineyards in Washington State are central to their well-known reputation for quality and consistency across their wine portfolio. These tenets will continue to sustain L'Ecole well into the future.
L'Ecole is one of the most honored wineries in Washington State. They are proud to be recognized by Wine & Spirits Magazine as a Top 100 Winery of the Year for fourteen consecutive years. In 2014, Decanter awarded their 2011 Estate Ferguson the International Trophy for Best Bordeaux Blend in the World! 2016 the 2013 Ferguson won the International Trophy for Best New World Bordeaux Blend from the Six Nations Wine Challenge.
About the area, then the grape varietal (with a L’Ecole mention!).
Royal Slope is Washington’s Newest AVA
by SWC on SEPTEMBER 3, 2020
A Global Guide to Sémillon, A White Wine with Incredible Range
By Lauren Mowery
This wine. On a high elevation site in the Royal Slope AVA, seasoned viticulturalist Ed Kelly meticulously manages Stillwater Creek Vineyard, a cooler-climate site consistently one of their best for Semillon and the source of this elegant 100% varietal wine.
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