2020 Lone Star Chardonnay
The 2020 Lone Star Vineyard Chardonnay comes from a single parcel of Dijon 96 planted in 2000 in shallow, volcanic soils at an elevation of 325 feet. Picked before the fires of 2020, this Chardonnay is showing vibrant energy and persistent, steely length. On the palate, generous flavors of lemon blossom, apple, and spice are layered with energetic nerve and detailed precision.
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 growing season began with a moderate winter followed by a wet spring, leading to a mid-to-late April budbreak. A cool, rainy middle of June lead to a challenging bloom, resulting in some of our lowest yields in a long time. The rest of the summer was quite beautiful—a classic no-AC-required Oregon summer. A late August/early September heat spike accelerated ripening, which sent us into harvest mode on September 1st with Chardonnay at Lone Star Vineyard. After a week of picking, easterly winds blew smoke from the Cascades into the Valley, causing us to stop and re-evaluate our harvest plans. We moved with Mother Nature and decided not to pick anymore red grapes after the fires in order to focus on sparkling wine, chardonnay, riesling and still wine rosé, keeping wine quality at the core and focusing on gentle, low-yield pressing. We finished picking on October 23rd, with a small parcel of late-ripening Lone Star riesling.
“The 2020 Chardonnay Lone Star Vineyard opens with flint and almonds that give way to a core of red apple and wafts of pie crust, baking spice and jasmine. Light-bodied and delicate, the palate's tangy acidity is balanced by a rounded texture, and it has a long, leesy finish. It's a refreshing Chardonnay to drink over the next few years.” -Erin Brooks, Wine Advocate
Eola-Amity Hills AVA
Sept. 2-4, 2020
16 Months French Oak, 15% New
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