Review: 2011 Array Chardonnay

By Duane Pemberton
Winery website: www.arraycellars.com

For Array Cellars, Chardonnay is much more than the world’s most popular white varietal to work with, it’s a passion and makes up for the entire business model. All it does is produce Chardonnay and works with some of Washington State’s top vineyard sites to source its fruit from. This Dijon clone-based Chardonnay offers up a good deal of complexity at a somewhat modest price point for a well-structured wine.

This wine will be available in another month or so.

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Technical Data:

  • Cooperage: 25% New Oak 75% neutral oak
  • pH: 3.40
  • RS: less than 1%
  • TA: 0.57
  • Alcohol: 13.5%
  • Price: $32

On the nose: Lightly butterscotch laced melon with pear, white peach, green apple and mango. I also get a little Fabreeze action on the end as well and I like it.

On the palate: Very good combo of the pear, peach and mango coming through with that nice hint of butterscotch component coming into the mid palate. The finish is a beautiful culmination of those flavors with a good balance of acid, mouthfeel and fruit. A very solid effort and one of the more enjoyable Washington Chardonnay’s I’ve had in awhile.

W.E.P. Rating: 90%