2012 Argyle Brut Rosé Magnum (1.5L)
- Composition 75% Pinot Noir, 15% Pinot Meunier, 10% Chardonnay
- Harvested Sept. 26-18, 2012
- Brix at Harvest 19.5
- Alcohol % by VOL. 12.5%
- Winemaker Nate Klostermann
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Wine Geek Companion
Argyle’s Tirage Library in in Dundee has sparkling wines still aging on the yeast, dating back to our first vintage in 1987.
We could say that “Mother Nature” made the wines in the 2012 Vintage. Bloom and fruit-set traveled from normal to well below normal. Cold weather and some negative effects from hail drove yields generally down. But, that can be a GOOD thing as smaller clusters and good, dry weather leads to ripe fruit.
The key challenge to the successful farmer this year was the fact that the period of July through October was the driest since record keeping began in the late 1800’s. Potential desiccation was further exacerbated by very dry, east winds coming out of Eastern Oregon & Washington’s high desert. This wind period was the longest in memory in Argyle’s 27 years of Oregon winemaking. Vines already starved for moisture will not fare well under these late fall conditions.
For us, a balanced crop and belief in the weather forecast caused us to give our vines a nice drink of water just before the east wind event. This allows the vines to continue to photosynthesize and for the berries to stay plump and fruity. At Argyle, we were allowed to pick fruit under lovely fall sunshine at a leisurely pace with perfectly ‘dialed-in’ maturity, excellent ripeness & fresh natural acidity.
The Tirage Library
The Tirage Library is a climate-controlled warehouse housing over one quarter of a million bottles of sparkling wine still aging on the yeast (‘En Tirage’) in bottles yet to be disgorged. The room is organized chronologically for guests to enter and walk ‘back in time’ to view wines dating from our founding in 1987 through every vintage since.More About the Tasting House
The 2010 Nuthouse Chardonnay embodies an old-world elegance. It pulls you in with complexity and nuance, with a nose of toasted hazelnuts, rock melon, and flinty gunpowder notes. The nose doesn’t quite prepare the drinker for the bright crispness of the palate, refreshing and clean. Flavors of quince, lemon custard, and a zest of minerality akin to wet limestone holds the acidity on the finish of the palate. Its this cool-climate acidity that makes this wine a perfect companion at the dinner table. While fresh and enticing now, this wine promises to build mid-palate richness with time in the bottle to yield a truly sublime experience.
To coin a popular phrase, this is not your Mother’s Reserve Pinot Noir! The wine has quiet power, yet voluptuous, sensuous fruit. The aromas offer spice of sandalwood, cedar box, and incense imbricated with lovely red and Bing cherry fruit, with a hint of moss on rock earthiness. The flavors bring out more red than black fruits which is characteristic of our Reserve vine blocks that make this wine label. The texture is super rich with surprising amounts of red cherry and cherry wood spice. This wine and the 2009 vintage are opulent enough to please the most discerning Sybarite!
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.
With the sparkling harvest lasting 3 weeks and drawn out into early October, the 2007 Extended Tirage Brut is bursting with crunchy acidity and well developed fruit flavors. Aged upon the lees for 10 years before disgorgement, the wine is impressive for its depth and creamy layers of texture. Grilled peach, fig, honey, and citrus zest are layered with the mature complexity of toast and roasted nuts, bringing harmony to a graceful and elegant finish. Limit 12 bottles per customer, quantity discounts do not apply. No limits for Club Members, regular member discounts apply. Members, please call to order more than a case.
Fermented to dryness and left upon its gross lees for 16 months in our oldest neutral oak barrels, Spirithouse Riesling is a wine of nuanced flavor and texture. Stylistically, we've taken a cue from our sparkling wine program by balancing naturally high acidity with supple autolysis. Jasmine floral, wet slate, and spicy nutmeg are balanced with deep layers of creamy concentration, all brought into focus with vibrating, juicy acid length. Serve at cellar temperature.
Entirely from Lone Star Vineyard, 2015 Nuthouse Pinot Noir exhibits the opulence and power of the Eola-Amity Hills while still retaining fresh fruit and vibrant acidity. Wild cherry, marionberry, roast fennel, and black tea frame its dense core, while the firm tannins persist through its long, creamy finish. After fermentation and gentle pressing, the wine was allowed to age elegantly on its lees for 16 months in French oak, of which 40% were new.