, Bottle. , Half-Bottle. , Magnum. Ripe, healthy fruit was hand-picked into small totes, and then whole-cluster pressed. Half of the juice was fermented in French Oak barrels (20% new) to create a round, rich texture. The other half was fermented and aged in stainless steel to maintain the purest and most elegant expression of Chardonnay. After eight months, these two styles were blended to create a cuvée of a more delicate nature — to Véronique, it is as if one brought together elements of a pure Chablis and a gentle meursault.
Harvested: October 10 - October 21 Bottled: August 2009 Released: Fall 2009 Production: 2,495 12 pack cases Our Chardonnay Arthur is produced from 100% Dijon clones, grown on the Drouhin Family Estate in the Dundee Hills of Oregon. First planted in 1992, these are among the oldest such vines in the new world and their low yields and early ripening ability have been a perfect match for our climate & soils. Our Chardonnay first debuted with the 1996 vintage. With the 2002 release, it was renamed in honor of Véronique Drouhin-Boss' son Arthur. Arthur is a wine that captures the bright, crisp acidity and mineral character of the vineyard, balanced with richness and lovely length on the palate.
Looking back over the last several years of Arthur, I realize that I always focus on the wine's bright, fresh qualities, floral aromatics, and the crisp palate. It's only later that I think about our Chardonnay relative to its vintage - the vintage differences don't present themselves front and center they way they do with our Pinot Noir. Interesting! 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. - Véronique Drouhin-Boss, September 2009