Argyle Brut Rosé is magic-in-the-making. How else can we describe the storybook marriage of our most vibrant fruit? Argyle Brut Rosé weds rose petal aromas and delicate fruit flavors in an opulent structure renewing our vow to craft the very finest vintage Sparkling Wine.
At the top of Knudsen Vineyards in the Dundee Hills, 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. The balance of the wine is equally blended between the aforementioned Knudsen Vineyard and our younger, but equally high elevation Spirit Hill Vineyard in the Eola-Amity Hills.
The color is bright, pale salmon pink, while its bouquet is full of rose petal, cherry kernel, and pomegranate. The barrel aging of the red wine component contributes to its savory complexity, while its delicate, creamy bead leads to a long textural finish.
Conducere [latin]: to lead, draw or bring together. At Argyle, our history is alive in our wines. Argyle Conducere is a toast to the house where our wines have been made since 1987, and a call to community to make this place a house of your own. Here's to our house and all those who have contributed to bringing our history to life.
In a cool late year like 2011, we decided to throw the book at Mother Nature and experiment with something new. Break all the rules. The Conducere was born of late-ripening, low-elevation Stoller Vineyard Chardonnay, and high elevation Knudsen Vineyard Chardonnay. While only picked 4 days apart, each Chardonnay brings unique textural component to the wine. Stoller, picked on the 25th of October, brings richness and creamy power, while the Knudsen, picked the 29th of October, lays down a firm backbone to carry the fleshy Stoller base. In addition to being picked a bit riper, the Stoller was put completely through malolactic fermentation, which further enhances the creamy center, while the Knudsen was kept lean and mean to help focus the rich core of the Conducere.
By shifting with Mother Nature, we have turned what would have been a bony, lean still wine Chardonnay into our most opulent style of Blanc de Blancs. Fruit forward, showing hints of nectarine and lychee. Subtle acidity balances with slate minerality and backed with lightly toasted pistachio and honeydew melon. Throw in the clear glass and zero dosage, and you will likely never see a Sparkling Wine like this again here at Argyle. Get it while you can!
Convey a sense of our place in the Willamette Valley. It seems like a simple mission. Knusden Vineyard Brut approaches the task with a focus on Pinot Noir from one of Oregon's most historic vineyard sites to cast its richest, most extravagant expression in Sparkling Wine like no other winery can.
Planted in 1974, the traditional backbone Pinot Noir of the Knudsen Vineyard Brut provides understated aromas of apple, plum and nougat which opens into a creamy, lees aged mouthfeel. Even cooler and later than the 2010 vintage, the 2011 growing season provides taut acidy, mineral depth, and unwavering length. Young and tightly wound, the red cherry and rose petal Pinot Noir character will continue to emerge with cellaring.
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.
In the Willamette Valley, 2012 was a season of generosity, without sacrificing focus. In order to retain precision, 90% of the blend was fermented in stainless steel and only 10% fermented in neutral oak barrels, while none of the base wine parcels underwent malolactic fermentation. Yellow summer fruits, baked apple, and ginger spice up front, the mid-palate is creamy, concentrated and fleshy. The long finish is enlivened by mouth-filling volcanic structure and lively acidity.