L’Ecole No. 41 Luminesce 2019, Walla Walla, WA
Luminesce, L’Ecole No. 41’s white Bordeaux blend, is anchored with Semillon at its core, providing lush tropical fruit and honeysuckle. The introduction of Sauvignon Blanc broadens the favor and texture, elevating the crisp, foral and mineral side of the wine. Vivid and rich, the L’Ecole No. 41 Estate Luminesce 2019 offers aromas of lanolin and pear with favors of citrus honey, white peach, and lemon tart building nicely to a persistent, tangy fnish. Perfect as an apperitif.
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Rabble Pinot Gris 2018$24.00
At the confluence of sun, snow, stream and sea is MurMur Vineyard. Planted in 2008 on south facing sandy slopes, the vineyard weathers 25 degree diurnal shifts, snow dustings, summer sun and bitter winds. The extremity of the climate creates fruit of uncommon concentration and uniform ripeness. Late morning fog, continually cool days and chilling afternoon winds add to a delicate yet flavorful wine. The 2018 Rabble Pinot Gris has a light golden color and a complex, fruit-scented nose that reveals layers of mango, jasmine tea, cinnamon, and cantaloupe. Smooth, light toasted walnut and honey balance the fruits, and give way to a crisp, lingering finish full of freshly cut grass and peaches.
Conundrum White 2019$23.00
Blending wines was almost unthinkable when Conundrum White was born more than 25 years ago. Since then, this wine has attracted a loyal following and remains as inventive as ever. While the exact blend is under wraps, every vintage includes Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Muscat Canelli, and Viognier. Conundrum White is amazingly versatile, with intriguing tropical notes and natural acidity. Best served chilled. A light straw color, the 2016 vintage features scents of honeysuckle, wildflowers and lemon blossoms, layered with star fruit, honeydew and a trace of flinty gunpowder. Entry is crisp, with a vibrant acidity that flows into a rich roundness on the mid-palate. Citrus and pear mingle with exotic flavors of mango, coconut, and pineapple. This wine’s structure and texture give it multiple dimensions – lush yet fresh, subtle yet rich. A kick of bright acidity on the finish underscores its lively character, while notes of ripe fruit entice you back for another sip.
“I find it hard to believe that this wine has been around for more than a quarter of a century. I was there and tasted the first Conundrum, and I found it quite fascinating then It was a white wine of a different sort and wine that I needed a little time before understanding it. Aromatic and tantalizing, Conundrum has always been a unique wine. The 2016 vintage is quite appealing. Its aromas and flavors of fragrant fruit, bright candy, and ripe melon make it a wine that would pair superbly with hot, spicy, and sweet dishes. Try it with a roast chicken breast accented with pickled scallions, water chestnuts, celery, cilantro, and a splash of chili oil.” Wilfred Wong
Tangent Pinot Gris 2018, Paragon Vineyard$20.00
“Gris” is the French word for gray and describes the color of these grapes, which can also create a rosé wine. Known as Pinot Grigio in Italy (“Grigio” is Italian for gray) this is an easy-drinking and food-friendly wine. Pale, straw-yellow. Pungent pear skin, lemon pith, honey and floral aromas are lifted by a gingery nuance. Chewy and focused on the palate, offering nicely concentrated pear nectar and Meyer lemon flavors that are brightened by an undercurrent of dusty minerality. Smoothly plays weight off energy and finishes long and spicy, displaying resonating, sharply defined citrus fruit character. 90 points Vinous.