A layered and pretty wine with dried apples and fresh fruit. Linear and spicy, showing plenty of salty undertones. Full-bodied, solid and fresh. Lovely intensity.
As elegant a wine as Oregon can produce, this 2015 reserve is partly fermented in barrel, partly in tank, then blended in a quiet, delicate harmony; the oak notes—nutmeg, vanilla—are recessed, oblique, allowing the round, supple pear fruit to assume a central role. The balance here is impressive, the wine drinkable now and poised for a long cellar life.
Light gold. Intense, mineral-accented citrus and orchard fruits on the nose, complicated by hints of buttered toast and honeysuckle. Lush and creamy but focused as well, offering concentrated dried pear and peach flavors and a touch of bitter lemon pith. Turns firmer on the incisive finish, which repeats the citrus and mineral notes and leaves a hint of chamomile behind. (JR)
Some of the region's oldest Dijon clone plantings are in this wine, done in a firm, classy style with little new wood apparent. With its crisp apple and citrus fruit and steely edge, it delivers plenty of flavor, a long, penetrating finish and the sense that it will age nicely for a decade at least. (PG)
The 2015 Cuvée Arthur is really a lovely bottle of Chardonnay in the making, which manages the ripeness of this very hot vintage admirably. The bouquet is deep and already beautifully expressive, offering up scents of pear, passion fruit, acacia blossoms, chalky soil tones, another gently musky floral element in the upper register (maybe honeysuckle?) and a discreet base of vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and nicely succulent on the attack, with a fine core, bright framing acids, fine focus and impressive length and grip on the nascently complex and very nicely balanced finish. Given the ripeness inherent in the 2015 vintage, I suspect this will be a relatively short-lived vintage of Cuvée Arthur, but it will provide plenty of enjoyment during its peak of drinkability. The wine is certainly approachable out of the blocks, but my inclination would be to give it a couple of years’ worth of bottle age, just to allow those secondary layers to start to emerge. 91+
The 2015 Chardonnay Estate Arthur offers notions of fresh grapefruit, warm pears and honeydew melon with suggestions of coriander seed, baking bread and clotted cream. Medium-bodied, with a lively line of invigorating acidity cutting through the intense citrus and spicy flavors, it has a pleasant creaminess to the texture and some minerals coming through on the finish. (LPB)
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