Grape varieties

Semillon

A white Bordeaux variety, Washington Semillon may be as great as any in the world.

Barrel aging can make this succulent white wine as big as a Chardonnay, but with more finesse. and its distinctive fresh fig and vanilla characteristics will make you a fan.

What most don't realize is the wonderful age-worthiness of Semillon. Well-made versions will improve for a decade or more.

L'Ecole No. 41 in Lowden, Wash., releases four different Semillons, including an ice wine.

This story was originally published June 16, 2012 4:46 PM.

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