2009 Argyle Black Brut
The 2009 Black Brut is rich and alive with juicy black cherry, black currant and the sweet acidity of summer Marionberries. The higher elevation Pinot Noir blocks of Stoller Vineyards grace the palate with distinct minerality and earthy richness that simply cannot be duplicated in other wine growing regions. Black Mulberry and tart Dewberry linger on the tongue long after the tickling effervescence subsides. This Black Brut ends with fine, silky texture that makes one crave another sip… and another.
||100% Pinot Noir
|ALCOHOL % by VOL
2009 was all about farming to balance Mother Nature’s surprises. Argyle’s farming culture got the crop level right on. We stripped leaves after the burning sun of August and in time for the Labor Day rains. We also believed September’s drying, east wind forecast and put a security of water onto the vines to help them ride out the drying, late season heat with a maximum of ripening—which is the name of the game here in the Willamette Valley. Picking was unusually “segmented” this year. Usually we can say that every 200’ rise in elevation can mean 10 days difference in ripening and thus picking. But in 2009 Argyle picked high and low elevation fruit at the same time! We picked all the sparkling fruit, then rested for a couple of days, then all the Chardonnay for still wine, rested another few days then all the red came in. The resulting wines are gorgeous, perky and sexy. I don’t know that I have seen a more sensuous expression of flavor and aromas in my 23 years of Willamette Valley winemaking.
||Dundee Hills AVA