There are very few remarkable Northwest white wines. After a slow start at artisan winemaking, with decades of sweet wine and grape juice production marking the highlights of the industry, the Northwest only seriously started considering making great white wines about 10 years ago, and so far has still been concentrating on creating a great reputation built upon red wines.
There are a few exceptions to the rule. Only a few, but they stand out to a great degree. One of these wines comes from Oregon’s Domaine Drouhin, where Veronique (the matriarch and winemaking genius) benefits from the history, tradition and skills built from centuries of her family’s winemaking in France’s Burgundy region. There, Pinot Noir is grown with the same stature as Chardonnay, both producing amazing wines. At the family’s Oregon offshoot, the Arthur Chardonnay brings to the Northwest what I believe is the finest white wine produced here.
Impecably clean and smooth, with deliciously delicate citrus and perfectly balanced acidity, the Arthur Chardonnay (named for Vernoique’s son) is a match for mild white cheeses, white fish, salad courses, delicate chicken dishes, cream sauces and other beautiful expressions of life’s light culinary flavors.
“Bright yellow. Gently smoky pear, quince and Meyer lemon aromas are complicated by lees and sweet butter. Brisk and focused, offering vivid lemon, lime and yellow apple flavors. Gains energy on the long, stony finish, which repeats the tangy citrus qualities. This very nicely balanced chardonnay was raised 50% in cask (15% new) and 50% in stainless steel. 90 points” – Josh Raynolds, Stephen Tanzer’s International Cellar (04/08)
This wine is available at Salut! Wine Co. for $26.99, or available to wine club members for only $22.94!
Domaine Drouhin – The winery’s website
About Domaine Drouhin from StarChefs.com
More about Domaine Drouhin from the Prince of Pinot blog
Chardonnay at Wikipedia
France’s Burgundy Region at the official French site for the region
Oregon Wines at the Oregon Wine Board’s official site
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