2013 Argyle Brut Rosé
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- Composition 65% Pinot Noir, 20% Chardonnay, 15% Pinot Meunier
- Harvested Sept. 17-19, 2013
- Brix at Harvest 19.5
- Alcohol % by VOL. 12.5%
- Cases Produced 2025
- Winemaker Nate Klostermann
The Savvy Collector
Like all Argyle Sparkling wines, Argyle Brut Rosé is made to be long aging, maintaining its richness & minerality. It was cellared and aged on the yeast for 3-5 years and disgorged on demand, just prior to release. A portion of this vintage will remain on yeast 10 years to become Extended Tirage Brut Rosé in 2023.
Wine Geek Companion
Beginning in 2005, Argyle charted its pursuit to make the best, most exciting, longest aging Brut Rosé in the U.S. The addition of Pinot Meunier, which varies vintage to vintage, lifts the best characteristics out of the predominant Pinot Noir in the blend. Originally intended for occasional release, it has since become our most popular prestige Sparkling wine.
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.
91 Points , Wine Spectator
"A lovely and delicate rosé, with expressive strawberry and watermelon notes accented by ginger and spice. Drink now. 2,025 cases made." –TF
Gold , 2018 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
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