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.
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.
Planted in 1990, at nearly 850 feet of elevation, Julia Lee's Block provides elegant white summer fruits, citrus blossom, and roast cashew nut refined by layers of creamy concentration. While warmer than the previous two vintages, the early October picking provided ample concentration while still allowing the volcanic tension of the Dundee Hills to shine. Fermenting and aging in our oldest, neutral oak barrels allows for the middle palate to fully flesh out, while still building upon its taut, savory length.
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.