Wine Review: 2010 L’Ecole No. 41 Chenin Blanc

In the glass, the L’Ecole No. 41 is a pale yellow, with long, dense legs and viscosity giving an observable richness.  The nose is wonderfully fruit forward.  Aromas of quince and pineapple are rounded out by minerality and a hint of smoke. Peach pit, citrusy notes, particularly grapefruit, and ripe pears on the palate. The medium-level acidity is mouthwatering like a tart apple and 13.5% alcohol provides a medium-plus body. The finish isn’t super-long, but it’s juicy and fruity and just a little bitter. Being rich and a touch off-dry makes this wine easy to enjoy without food. Though it’s not quite organic, this Chenin Blanc was made from sustainably grown grapes with limited chemical applications.Very good.

At Vinodivino for $17.00.

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Katrin is one of the co-founders of Wine Dine With Us. She enjoys sharing her love of wine on the blog, and is particularly fond of wines from Argentine, Alto Adige, and Germany. A lifelong environmentalist, Katrin has become increasingly interested in issues of sustainability in wine and food, local food production, biodynamics, and organic agriculture. When not drinking wine and writing about it, she is a nonprofit professional, specializing in fundraising and special events.

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