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2009 Blanc de Blancs
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2009 Blanc de Blancs

2009 Blanc de Blancs

92 Points, Wine Spectator

Another stunning Argyle Blanc de Blancs! This young beauty is composed entirely of high elevation, Dijon clone Chardonnay from the always remarkable Knudsen Vineyard. Harvested on September 20th, these blocks were fermented entirely in neutral oak barrel to enhance creamy texture, while retaining abundant, fresh fruit flavor. Dry meadow blooms, poached apple, and roasted hazelnut orbit the delicate, finely-tuned mid palate. High-tension acidity and minerality throughout... the length is just plain sinful.
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92 Points, Wine Spectator

“Bright and refreshing, with lemon curd, pineapple and gentle spice flavors wound around a lively core of green apple and crème fraîche notes, persisting against refined acidity. Drink now.—H.S.

Previous Vintages:
2008: Wine Spectator 92
2007: Wine Advocate 92
2007: Wine Spectator 90
2006: Wine Advocate 92
2006: Wine Spectator 91
2000: Wine Advocate 93
2000: Wine Spectator 92 
1999: Wine Spectator 89 
1998: Wine Spectator 90
1997: Wine Spectator 88
VARIETAL 100% Chardonnay
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.
Vintage: 2009
Wine Style: Sparkling Wine
Varietal: Blanc De Blanc
Appellation: Dundee Hills AVA
Alcohol %: 12.5
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