92 Insider Points
Oregon Chard You Say? I'm Game
I'm very particular about the types of Chardonnay I like to drink. The overly-buttery stuff has its place in the world, but not quite in my wheelhouse. With just the right amount of the buttered quality, the Arcane Chard is one that I'm happy to drink on any given night.
A buttered popcorn nose leading into a buttery palate. Asian pear and fuji apple strong on the palate, with a medium body and balanced out with good acidity. It finishes as it starts with medium length. I heard Portland is nice this time of year, might be a good time to visit the winery. 92 Points - JZ April '18
This is 100% true: "The best wines in the world come from places that barely ripen a crop." And it's 100% the case in this wine here. A wine that showcases why Oregon Chard has gained such prominence with wine aficionados, it's a classic example of barrel fermented grace.
In ten years Arcane Cellars has gone from a tiny mom-and-pop operation to one of Oregon’s most eclectic producers. Today, Arcane makes the largest number of varietal wines in the entire Willamette Valley—including eight single-vineyard red wines and nearly as many single-vineyard whites. A dizzying display of different wines does not make Arcane a big, commercial player, however. This estate’s total case production remains boutique, with many wines released from a single barrel or two.
· Just as the Mosel River helps to moderate temperatures in chilly Germany, Oregon’s Willamette River, which winds just feet away from Arcane’s estate vineyards, chases away frosts.
· This Chardonnay is made from 100% estate-owned fruit.
· All of Arcane’s vines are planted on Oregon’s most coveted terroir, a silty loam soil known as ‘Chehalis.’
· Arcane Cellars was the first business to take part in the official Willamette River Water Trail, a 185-mile designated national water trail that givers canoers and kayakers a new way to experience the mighty Willamette River.
Arcane’s estate Chardonnay is a barrel-fermented, full-bodied version but with a finish so bright and flinty, it had many of our Tasting Panel comparing it to a Puligny Montrachet. Aging sur lie in barrel for 12 months brings out the creamy, baked apple aspect of Chardonnay, but a paucity of new oak and the cool-climate of Arcane’s riverside vineyards make for a vibrant, citrus inflected white that’s perfect with crab and lobster.
Floral aromas of violet, lavender honey and chamomile give way to flavors of dried apricot, stone fruit, and baked apples. The wine has a clean finish, with citrus and flinty mineral notes.
From the winery:
The Arcane Cellars team is comprised of principals Jeff & Sharon Silva and their son Jason and daughter-in-law Sonja, as well as their great workers, volunteers and advisors. Arcane has grown from its initial production of Estate wines in 2007 into a burgeoning winery that today makes the largest number of varietal wines in the Willamette Valley.
Enjoy this dry, full-bodied white with grilled seafood or shellfish.