2012 Domaine Drouhin "Arthur" Dundee Hills Chardonnay
**Editors' Choice** It’s tempting to call this Burgundian, but it’s truly Oregonian-a lush, expressive mix of tart tree fruits, vivid acidity, lightly applied barrel toast, and smidges of coconut and vanilla. It was whole-cluster pressed, and fermented half in stainless, half in 30% new French oak.
*One Star* Just as Oregon Pinot Noirs are typically built along lighter and leaner lines, so too is this briskly balanced, reluctantly fruited look at Chardonnay. Quiet elements of green apples and citrus are played against a slightly chalky, minerally component, and, if far from a juicy and outgoing wine, it conveys a nice sense of basic substance and weight. Like many of its California counterparts, it wants a year or two of aging.
This is the American arm of Burgundy's famed Drouhin family, made by Véronique Drouhin-Boss. She says that 2012: "is shaping up to be an exceptional vintage given the overall quality of the fruit. The grapes came in bursting with flavor and that has given the wines a nice round texture and excellent flavors of fresh forward fruit.I can feel a little more body than either 2011 or 2010, but with no loss of floral aromatics or lightness on the palate. The finish is long. The 2012 Arthur is immediately enjoyable, though one could age it easily for 3-5 years."