Washington Wines Magazine Review
– Review by Rand Sealey
2010 Array Chardonnay, Columbia Valley ($25)
Array is a new Woodinville winery devoted entirely to Chardonnay. Composed of 41% Conner Lee, 33% Dionysus and 26% Stillwater Creek,it exhibits a brilliant gold color and an intriguing nose of pear. apple, peach, lilac, jasmine, and wet stone.The flavors are true to variety with an array of white fruits, ranging from apple to stone fruit to citrus, accented by notes of grape skin (from whole cluster fermentation) lees (from native yeasts) and light oak (from barrel fermentation) The back picks up touches of toast, vanillin and creme brûlée on the way to a crisp, well defined finish. This is an auspicious debut for this winery. 18.5/20 points.
2011 Array Chardonnay, Washington State ($25)
This is a nicely balanced Washington Chardonnay. It offers a brilliant gold color and attractive aromas of pear, citrus, with scents of apple blossoms, and meadow flowers. The flavors are true to variety and express notes of grape skin, lees extracts and stony minerals. The back picks up touches of grapefruit peel, vanillin and spice, followed by a crisp, lemon zest tinged finish. 18.5/20 points
2011 Array Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, Conner Lee Vineyard ($32)
From one of Washington State’s top sources for Chardonnay, this wine offers a brilliant gold color and attractive aromas of Asian pear-apple, white peach, apple blossoms, acacia flowers and vanilla, On the palate, the white fruit flavors are concentrated (whole cluster) and complex (wild yeasts), marked by peach stones, grape skin and Missoula Flood minerals. The back reveals a creamy and lees texture that is balanced by bright fruit acids and a lingering vanilla laced and spiced dusted finish. The wine shows exquisite depth and balance throughout. 19/20 points.
2011 Array “Dijon Clone” Chardonnay, Yakima Valley ($32)
The Dijon clone is considered to the closest to a Burgundian Chardonnay grape. Sourced from the Otis Harlan Vineyard in the Rattlesnake Hills, this wine displays a brilliant gold color and intriguing aromas of pear, peach, apricot, orange blossoms, vanilla (from barrel fermentation) and wild yeast. The white fruit compote flavors are well extracted (from whole cluster crushing) and fan out on the palate, intermixed with notes of peach pit, grape skin and stony minerals. The back picks up touches of lemon custard and recurring vanillin, followed by a lingering citrus tinged finish. 19/20 points.
Wine Enthusiast Review
Array 2011 Conner Lee Chardonnay (Columbia Valley)
Big points for subtlety, length and elegance here – this is not a wine that will blow you away at first sniff. Stay with it and it stays with you; opening sharp-edged, pungent and slightly grassy, then developing a tightly focused midpalate with pure lime and apple fruit flavors. Accents of mustard greens and white pepper come in as a long, delicate yet detailed finish slowly unfolds. Cellar Selection.
– P.G. | abv: 13.8% | Price $32
Array 2011 Dijon Clone Chardonnay (Yakima Valley)
Sourced entirely from the Otis Harland vineyard, these vines were planted about 25 years ago. It’s a pleasure to see them singled out for this showcase bottling – a rich, oily, nutty, buttery style to be sure – but one that is also dense with ripe apple, pear and peach fruit. The acidity buoys it up throughout a strong, long finish. – P.G.
abv: 13.5% | Price: $32
Array 2011 Chardonnay (Washington)
Full-bodied and flavorful, this four vineyard cuvee may be characterized as buttered popcorn meets golden apple and toasted nuts. You can ride with that posse all the way through the medium-length, well-balanced and clean finish. -P.G.
abv: 13.7% | Price: $25
Array 2010 Chardonnay (Columbia Valley)
This was the first release from this new, Chardonnay-only project. With its mix of Columbia Gorge, Ancient Lakes and Columbia Valley fruit, it immediately set a high standard. Scents of orange blossom, mineral oil and toasted pecan mingle gracefully, and in the mouth there is a steely edge that provides structural support. Drink now through 2018. -P.G.
abv: 13.8 | Price $25
What others are saying about our wines
“CLEARLY A WINERY TO WATCH” – Steven Tanzer
“EXCELLENT”– Great Northwest Wine – 2010 Columbia Valley
“ONE OF WASHINGTON’S TOP NEW WINERIES” – Seattle Magazine
“90 POINTS” – Wine Advocate – 2011 Conner Lee
“90 POINTS” – Wine Advocate – 2011 Dijon Clone
“TOP 100 WASHINGTON WINES” – Seattle Met Magazine – 2011 Dijon Clone