2011 Domaine Drouhin "Arthur" Dundee Hills Chardonnay
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Drouhin’s 2011 Chardonnay Arthur – which as usual incorporates both tank- and barrel-; malo- and non-malo-elevage – is delightfully scented with fresh lime, apple, and pineapple, which go on to inform a juicy and bright yet lees-enriched and subtly silken palate. 'There was a lot of malic acid,' notes Bell, 'and malos here took forever. The first harvest for Chardonnay,' he adds, 'wasn’t until after the Pinot, so around the 28th or 29th of October.' Hints of chalk and iodine add interest to a sustained, slightly tart, and refreshing finish. This could well be more harmonious and complete in another year and ought to drink well for several.
The 2011 harvest may go on record as Oregon's latest ever, with picking extending into November! This was particularly good for Chardonnay, since the cool growing year and extended hang time allowed for fully developed flavors and excellent acidity. Floral and citrus aromas lure you in, but it's the wonderful minerality on the palate that really makes this sing.