artisan Series

2013 Spirit Hill Vineyard Blanc de Blancs

Between 700-800 feet in elevation, north-facing and windy, the chardonnay from Spirit Hill Vineyard provides beautifully focused acidity and tension. The freshness of young Eola-Amity Hills chardonnay shines through with grapefruit and crisp cut apple accompanied by the complexity and depth of a warmer vintage building spicy, toasted notes. Neutral oak barrel fermentation and a small amount of malolactic fermentation build upon its pronounced structure, providing subtle cream and balance, while the driving acid continues through its long finish.
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Vintage Notes

Wine Facts

  • Composition 100% Chardonnay
  • Vineyards Spirit Hill Vineyard
  • AVA Eola-Amity Hills
  • Harvested Sept. 17, 2013
  • Brix at Harvest 19.7
  • Alcohol % by VOL. 12.5%
  • Barrel Aging 100% Neutral Oak Barrel
  • Dosage 5 g/L
  • Cases Produced 850

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The Savvy Collector

Early in its lifespan (first planted in 2008), Spirit Hill Vineyard is beginning to display its unique, high-elevation climate and volcanic Jory soil terroir. This wine was aged on the yeast for 3 years and disgorged in small batches before release.

Wine Geek Companion

After 30 years of growing Oregon Chardonnay, this wine demonstrates Argyle’s dexterity to identify and isolate a distinct style of Blanc de Blancs, our first exclusively from our holdings in the Eola Amity Hills. Chardonnay for this Blanc de Blancs is chilled to 35 degrees and whole-cluster, cold-pressed to preserve high natural acidity and fresh fruit character.

Vintage Notes

The majority of the 2013 growing season was pretty normal in terms of weather, much like 2012, when La Niña faded and customary conditions returned. Bud break and bloom timing were on the mark, indicating an early October Pinot Noir harvest. Towards the end of September, just after our sparkling harvest, the forecast seemed more ominous and hardly believable. Argyle’s experience and maturity paid big dividends against such a backdrop. As the certainty of the forecast increased, we went to the whip at low elevations, particularly our Lone Star Vineyard. After the initial blitzkrieg, we hunkered down and received 6 inches of rain in a weekend. We caught our breath and waited, almost a full week. Following the rain there was another flurry of action, as we went to work dropping any compromised fruit. Yields were certainly diminished but as the end of September blew over, we were blessed with a dry, sunny October. This late-game break in the weather allowed our high elevation grapes to dry out and ripen into a small, but gorgeous crop.

Spirit Hill Vineyard
Viticulture

Spirit Hill Vineyard

A great future of distinctive wines awaits Argyle from this impressive site. The 700-800 ft. elevation, in combination with Van Duzer Corridor’s gusty winds, has made Spirit Hill Vineyard a very cool climate growing site. In the northwest corner of the vineyard is an old pioneer cemetery, from which has inspired the vineyard’s ghostly name.

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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.

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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 Vineyards 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, strawberry hull, and lemon zest. The barrel aging of the red wine component contributes to its savory complexity, while its delicate, creamy bead leads to a long textural finish.