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2012 Argyle Brut Rosé Magnum (1.5L)

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.
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Wine Facts

  • 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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Argyle’s Tirage Library in in Dundee has sparkling wines still aging on the yeast, dating back to our first vintage in 1987.

Vintage Notes

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.

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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.

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master Series

2010 Nuthouse Chardonnay Magnum (1.5L)

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.

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artisan Series

2009 Reserve Pinot Noir Magnum (1.5L)

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!

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grower Series

2012 Argyle Vintage Brut Magnum (1.5L)

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.

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