Well, the WWWWW piqued my interest in the wines of WA, and in searching for a WA Cabernet Sauvignon for WBW #34 I stumbled across this white. Always on the prowl for interesting whites, I thought WA Semillon sounds interesting, and the high Wine Spectator score was further inducement. I have to disagree with the Spectator (90 pts) on this one.
The 2005 L'Ecole No. 41 Semillon shows a nice golden hue in the glass, with interesting and powerful aromas on the nose - green apples and butter, with some pine, white flowers and banana in the background - pleasing, but not overly complex. On the palate this medium-bodied white was rich, with juicy green apples, but lacking structure due to its low acidity and somewhat off balance with that high alcohol quite noticeable. Overall, a nice sipping wine with a nice nose to ponder, but a bit flabby and uncomplex. Paired well with steamed sole and an avocado/mango salsa, but may pair better with crab or lobster?
Price: C$23 (SAQ)