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.