Domaine Drouhin Oregon,Chardonnay Dundee Hills 2020
About the Wine: The 2020 Chardonnay Arthur opens to a classic bouquet of white flowers, Anjou pear, and golden apple. The palate is nuanced and balanced, with a sense of minerality and honeyed lemon zest. Small berries and strict selection at harvest resulted in the intensity of flavors on display. The 2020 Arthur combines strength and finesse, has nice acidity, and features a medium-long finish that will likely expand as the wine ages over the next 7-10 years. About the Producer: The Drouhin Family's winemaking roots run deep and all the way back to Burgundy's best vineyards more than a century ago, when Joseph Drouhin moved from Chablis to Beaune and founded Maison Joseph Drouhin in 1880. A decade later, the family selected a plot situated atop the Dundee Hills, between 400' to 800' in elevation. It was purposely chosen for its similarity in climate, latitude and aspect to the legendary vineyards of Burgundy. From what started as test plantings of cloned Pinot Noir rootstock, Domaine Drouhin now encompasses 124 acres of hillside vineyards. Interspersed with the Pinot Noir vines are 11 acres of Chardonnay, planted at various elevations, like in Burgundy, planted right alongside rows of Pinot Noir. Their goal is to craft wines naturally with gentle treatment and minimal manipulation. Technical Info: Alcohol :13.9% Harvest Date: 9/21/20-10/2/20 Bottling Date: November 2021 Our 2020 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’s as if one brought together elements of a pure Chablis and an elegant Meursault. The inside 2020 story is that the growing season was nearly ideal. The first three months of the year were relatively dry, budbreak took place in mid-April, light rain during flowering led to lovely small berries and clusters, and wide temperature swings resulted in a beautiful crop heading into harvest. For more than thirty years, we have been afforded many sublime vintages, often resulting from the unique challenges we see in Oregon. Our goal – always – is to produce exceptional wines from our vineyards. 2020 gave us the paradox of outstanding Chardonnay.