2019 Spirithouse Chardonnay
Entirely from Knudsen Vineyard, Spirithouse Chardonnay displays the delicacy and refi nement of the Dundee Hills. A cooler September, along with a few spotty rain showers highlights the bright, beautiful acidity and mineral tension. Citrus, white peach, and baking spices are framed around a creamy textured middle and long, persistent finish. Built for long term ageability, the wine was entirely barrel fermented and allowed to age gracefully on full lees for 18 months in French oak, of which 20% were new.
As the first commercial grower of Dijon Clones Chardonnay in the U.S., Argyle has been on the leading edge of a Chardonnay revolution in Oregon since 1987. Argyle Chardonnay is grown on high density vineyard blocks planted with devigorated root stocks.
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 bud break. 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 signifi cant 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.
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