Talk about long hang time... the high elevation Knudsen Vineyard, Dijon Clone Chardonnay in the 2010 Blanc de Blancs wasn't harvested until October 18th, a full month behind our usual picking window! As a result, we see the strict interplay between vivid aromatics and steely, razor's edge minerality. Comice pear, faint pomelo, and fresh brioche seep calmly against the stern, edgy backbone. In order to tame that wild, late season acid and develop creamy texture, this Chardonnay was fermented entirely in our oldest neutral oak barrels and allowed to age on the lees. The tense, enlivening acidity and elegant mousse leave the salvaries coated with umami-like richness. I'm thinking Chelsea Gem oysters and a sandy beach.
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.
Our signature Sparkling Wine preserved for extended bottle aging and designed to make an impact. This Oregon sparkling wine truly brings zest to life! The nose of lemon curd, raw honey, and almond biscotti harkens to the uplifting and refreshing palate to follow. With a fine mousse that buoys one up and flavors of Comice pear, custard, and marzipan that dance across your tongue, one cannot resist a grin as the effervescence slowly fades to a clean, minerally, citrus-toned finish. With the second sip, you’re guaranteed to be in an elevated state. Brut makes you better!
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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