2018 Reserve Chardonnay
Grown in the volcanic soils of the Dundee Hills and Eola-Amity Hills between our 3 sites, Reserve Chardonnay showcases silky elegance and mineral tension. Gentle pressing and long aging in French oak for 16 months allows the delicacy to shine. Crisp apple, Meyer lemon, and ginger are poised with spicy lees-aged texture and energetic length.
This is a food-loving Chardonnay that will pair well with many of your spring favorites like risotto, salmon and morels.
Food Pairing Notes
Two previous vintages or our Reserve Chardonnay (1987 and 1995) placed on Wine Spectator's Top 100 list.
The 2018 growing season began with a relatively mild and dry winter and moderately cool spring, leading to bud break during the second and third weeks of April. Temperatures picked up in May and continued into a beautiful mid-June bloom. The rest of the summer continued to be warm and very dry, with no precipitation for nearly 3 months. Early September remained warm and dry through the beginning of the sparkling harvest, but then cooled down with a few days of precipitation in the middle of the month. This allowed for still wine ripening (and the cellar crew!) to slow down and catch their breath before finishing out with beautiful late September and early October weather. In all, the 2018 harvest was very condensed, having started with Chardonnay at the lower elevations of Lone Star Vineyard in the Eola-Amity Hills on September 4th and finishing with Pinot Noir in the upper elevations of the Eola-Amity Hills at Spirit Hill Vineyard on October 2nd.
“The 2018 Chardonnay Reserve features soft scents of almonds, green pears, quince, white flowers and baker's yeast. The medium-bodied palate is creamy in texture with delicate yet pure flavors and a long, uplifted finish.” 2018 Argyle Reserve Chardonnay — Erin Brooks, Wine Advocate, 94 Points