Our Chardonnay Arthur is produced from 100% Dijon clones, grown on the Drouhin Family Estate in the Dundee Hills of Oregon. First planted in 1990, the low yields of these vines and their early ripening ability have been a perfect match for our climate and soils. Arthur, named for Véronique's son, is a wine that captures the bright, crisp acidity and mineral character of the vineyard, balanced with richness and lovely length.
Our 2015 Chardonnay was hand-picked into small totes, and then whole-cluster pressed. It was partly fermented in French Oak barrels to reveal the complexity of the fruit through the slow breathing process that happens in wood. The rest was fermented and aged in stainless steel to keep the vibrancy and fruitiness. Véronique then blended these two portions to create a wine of a more delicate nature - Arthur. To Véronique, it as if one brought together elements of a pure Chablis and an elegant Meursault.
If vintages have twins, one could say that 2014 and 2015 are nearly 'jumeaux identiques'. The warm, long growing season brought us a second straight harvest of exceptional quality. We began picking on September 9, and the next three weeks brought us day after day of beautiful, ripe fruit. In 2015, we simply raised our glasses and said 'thank you'.
Brilliant luminous yellow. Lovely fresh nose of subtle perfumes of peach and delicate white flowers. Ample, round mouthfeel and nice energy coming thru the vibrant acidity. It has an excellent balance and a long, very elegant finish, delicious to drink now it should also keep well for the next 4 to 5 years.