As the U.S.’ first commercial grower of Dijon Clones Chardonnay, Argyle helped lay the groundwork for Oregon viticulture that followed. Dijon clones are well-matched to our climate in Oregon because it is so similar to that of Burgundy.
Food Pairing Notes
Argyle Chardonnays have what we refer to as an "International Palate" that denotes a kinship with styles of Chardonnay that are well known in Burgundy.
The 2019 growing season began with a cold and wet winter followed by wet and warm spring, leading
to a late-April budbreak. A few frost scares in April gave way to a warmer than average spring. The
early June bloom was dry and sunny, with a touch of rain affecting the later ripening Spirit Hill
Vineyard in the cool, windy Eola-Amity Hills. Some late-June and early July precipitation created a
small amount of disease pressure, while the rest of the summer was quite moderate, with fewer heat
spikes than we've seen the last number of summers. September brought with it a significant cool
down and a series of scattered rain showers, making harvest much more old-school Oregon, dancing
with the whims of Mother Nature. A more classically spread out harvest, we started with Pinot Noir in
the Dundee Hills on September 4th and finished with Pinot Noir in the upper elevations of the
Eola-Amity Hills at Spirit Hill Vineyard on October 16th.