One singular varietal grown on one solitary block from one single vineyard in one sparkling vintage. Argyle Blanc de Blancs makes a singualr statement for American grower sparkling wine.
We thought 2010 was a late growing season... in 2011 we picked Julia Lee's Block a full 10 days later than 2010 on October 28th! At 900 ft. elevation, needless to say, we had plenty of acid in 2011. As such, we had to carefully tease out more texture and depth in a year like this. Complete barrel fermentation and full lees aging was a must, as well as an increased amount of malolactic fermentation - 25% to be precise. Going into the bottle, I still remember it being a racy little devil, but time on yeast has always had the last laugh. After popping our first bottle for the dosage trial, we were blown away at the depth and length it had developed on the lees. This is serious Blanc de Blancs. Allspice, Marcona almond, and fleshy pear meld with a rich, creamy core all persisting against wet, mineral length.
At the top of Knudsen Vineyards, at 950 feet of elevation, is where you'll find our 2.5 acre planting of Pinot Meunier. We take advantage of the late ripening spot to retain bright, fresh acidity and mineral edge. This year's blend is 25% Pinot Meunier, 70% Pinot Noir, and 5% Chardonnay. Its color is bright, pale salmon pink, while its bouquet is full of rose petal, anise, and pink peppercorn. The barrel aging of the red wine component contributes to its savory complexity, while its delicate, creamy bead leads to a long textural finish only enhanced by food... salt-cod fritters and smoked piquillo aioli.
Black Brut represents Argyle-at-play: a lighthearted take made of 100% high-elevation Willamette Valley fruit, with the simple mission to refresh, to celebrate, and to toast the "magic hour."
In a cool, late year like 2011, Pinot Noir from the high elevations were not quite powerful enough for proper still wine. After much debate and deliberation, we rode Mother Nature's wave and decided to sparkle some of our best Knudsen Vineyard still wine Pinot Noir to make this year's 2011 Black Brut. Bringing tightly wound, yet focused acidity from the elevated hillside, the 2011 Black Brut is cool and elegant, while being both delicately red and black cherry. Weaving within the fruit and subtle baking spice, the bead is direct, leading to a supple, long finish.
Argyle Brut is always vintage-dated to capture what sparkles each year in the cool climate of Oregon's Willamette Valley. Argyle Vintage Brut is bottle-fermented, aged on-the-yeast and "disgorged on demand" in small batches to preserve vibrancy and freshness.
Crafted from the Willamette Valley's coolest growing season on record, 2011 Vintage Brut offers all you can ask for in true cool-climate sparkling wine. The delicate bouquet is filled with red berry spice, lemon blossom, and toasted brioche. The palate begins with generous plum and gingernut biscuit, yet leads into edgy minerality and briney undertones. The bright 2011 acidity lends itself to the long, energetic finish, begging for Belon oysters.
The balance and integrity of the 2010 growing season is striking, especially when viewed through the prism of our 2010 Vintage Brut. Lemon peel, strawberry pith, fresh ciabatta dough. The center is downreaching and creamy. In the background, a faint, brine accent persists, remnant of freshly shucked Kumumoto oysters. Energetic acidity and length, there is a satisfying resolution about this cuvée, inspiring one to reach for another glass of the fizz!
This is a one-of-a-kind for American Sparkling Wine: 100% Argyle-grown Dijon Clone Chardonnay from a single block at the famed Knudsen Vineyard. A beautiful balance of creamy texture and pin-point minerality.
This is one-of-a-kind for American Sparkling Wine: 100% Dijon Clone Chardonnay from a single block in the famed Knudsen Vineyard - a very sophisticated and pure Blanc de Blancs. Notice aromas of citrus blossom, pear brioche, honey with a modicum of quince paste. The texture is creamy yet balanced on a elightful mineral edge. Fruit flavors of Meyer lemon and Anjou pear are framed with a lovely essence of hibiscus blossom. Penultimate balance abides. The finish is long lasting of pear, honey, and a touch of yeasty coconut.
Argyle was the first American sparkling wine house to specialize in exceptional, single-vineyard, Dijon Clone sparkling wines. Here’s a prime example. Made from fuller-bodied Pinot Noir and fine structured Chardonnay from Knudsen Vineyard, this is simply an astounding (big!) bottle of our best bubbly.
91 Points - Wine Spectator Insider
Made from fuller-bodied Pinot Noir and fine-structured Chardonnay from Knudsen Vineyard, this is simply an astounding (big!) bottle of our best bubbly. The aromas foretell a wine of concentration. Look for ripe red apple and yellow plum fruit blended with a hint of grapefruit citrus. The yeast complexity holds toasted baguette, jasmine petal, and subtle spice of coconut, sandalwood, and teak wood aromatics. The texture is rich and viscous. This is not for the faint of heart, part-time sparkling drinker, and the wine will smack down even the biggest red wine Pinot Noir!!
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