This is such a lively white with ripe fruit, mangoes and limes. Then it turns to a salt character. Medium-to full-bodied, racy and intense. Fresh, citrusy finish.
Pale gold. High-pitched, mineral-accented aromas of tangerine, pear and white flowers carry subtle ginger and anise overtones. Lively and sharply focused in the mouth, offering palate-staining orchard and citrus fruit flavors complicated by a refreshingly bitter quinine nuance and a hint of toasty lees. Finishes with outstanding clarity and stony thrust, leaving floral and citrus pith notes behind. Given this iconic producer’s deep and well-known Burgundy origins it isn’t surprising that their Chardonnays are deeply rooted in an Old World style. Much like the Pinots produced here by Veronique Drouhin-Boss and her assistant winemaker, Arron Bell, the DDO Chardonnays are concentrated yet energetic and structured rather than flashy in style. In fact, these are among the most age-worthy of Oregon Chardonnays. I’ve found that they reward decanting if they’re opened before their third birthdays. (JR)
Bright and tangy, with jazzy flavors of grapefruit, passion fruit and mineral that come together with precision on the lively finish. Drink now through 2021. (HS, Web-2016)
The 2014 Chardonnay Estate Arthur is fermented half in tank and half in barrel with blocked malolactic. It has a lifted bouquet with yellow plum and acacia scents infusing the citrus peel aromas. The oak here is nicely integrated. The palate offers nutmeg and sea salt on the entry, a keen line of acidity, quite brisk and lively with a twist of sour lemon mixed with Szechuan pepper on the finish, the latter leaving a pleasant tingle on the tongue. (NM)
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