2006 Argyle Brut
Oregon Chardonnay, Oregon Pinot Noir, Sparkling Wine
Knudsen Vineyards, Lone Star Vineyard
Willamette Valley AVA, Willamette Valley, Oregon
2006 Argyle Brut Tasting Notes
An Indian Summer followed by late harvest lent exciting structure to the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir used to make this 2006 Argyle Brut. The color is that of pale yellow diamond, pre-harvest wheat field or plumeria alba. The aromas are honeysuckle, Mutsu apple skins, casaba and soft vanilla, followed by hints of allspice and red currant thanks to the Pinot Noir component. This 2006 Brut is highly effervescent in the mouth and brings a classic, stony minerality complimented by lemon zest, currant and a late, savory yeast that coats the palate for a long, pleasing finish.
Wine Scores and Reviews for 2006 Argyle Brut
- 2006: Wine Advocate 91 "The 2006 Brut is a blend of 58% Chardonnay and 42% Pinot Noir. Medium straw-colored, it has a classy nose of mineral, biscuit, apple, and baking spices. Crisp, bright and creamy-textured, this superb sparkling wine begs the question, 'Why buy Champagne?'" -JM
- 2005: Wine Advocate 92 "Argyle's sparkling wine portfolio begins with the 2005 Brut, composed of 65% Pinot Noir and 35% Chardonnay. Medium straw-colored, this biscuit bubbly has tons of flavor, plenty of minerality and superb length. It is a great value in high class sparkling wine (and that includes Champagne)." -Jay Miller
- 2005: Wine Spectator 90 "Light and creamy, with white pepper and oatmeal nuances to the citrus and pear flavors, lingering on the fine bead of a finish. Drink now." - Harvey Steiman
- 2003: Wine Spectator 89 "Toasty, peppery and distinctive for its range of spicy flavors, letting it all ride on a fine bead as the finish persists. Drink now."
- 2002: Wine Spectator 90 "SMART BUY"
- 2001: Wine Spectator 86 "Crisp, perfumy style has a strong floral and spice character. Finishes tart. Drink now. 10,514 cases made." - Harvey Steiman