As for the 2008 Chardonnay Arthur, all I can say is that it reminds me of 2005
because there isn't enough of it! The wine itself is beautiful, with a range of
white flowers on the nose, a round mouthfeel, and clear lift from the acidity.
Balance is always my main winemaking goal, and the 2008 Arthur clearly has it.
I expect it will age nicely for 3-5 years at least.
This well-built chardonnay starts out quiet, with a faint scent of apple blossoms and dried pear. The flavors, lean at first, gain richness with a day's air, the golden apple and pear notes given drive and focus by a fresh, angular acidity. The wine still needs more time to form, but it's impressive already, a match for a pasta with razor clams.
Established in 1987, Domaine Drouhin Oregon is owned by famed Burgundy producer, Maison Joseph Drouhin. Hand-crafted by fourth generation winemaker, Veronique Drouhin-Boss, the distinctive Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays of Domaine Drouhin are prized for their elegance, balance and finesse, as well as their ability to age. Philippe Drouhin, Veronique's brother, is in charge of viticulture and has earned an international reputation for his work both in Burgundy and Oregon. Ninety acres of... View More