2012 Domaine Drouhin "Arthur" Dundee Hills Chardonnay

SKU #1146814 94 points Wine Enthusiast

 **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.  (6/ 2014)

Connoisseurs Guide

 *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.  (5/ 2014)

K&L Notes

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."

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Chardonnay

- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.
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United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.
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Oregon

- Highly touted for its Pinot Noirs, Oregon is part of the up-and-coming winemaking industry in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. Most of Oregon is directly affected by the climate coming off of the Pacific Ocean, giving it mild winters and wet summers. This makes it a difficult place to ripen grapes, but some say that the harder grapes have to struggle, the more complex they will turn out to be. Chardonnay and Pinot Gris are two important and successful grapes grown in Oregon.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.9