Argot the Fence Pinot Noir Sonoma County 2009
In truly spectacular vintages (such as 2009), our plan (always tentative) for argot’s Pinot program is to select the deepest-fruited, most intense, highly-structured, backward-performing barrels for extended aging beyond the standard 10-11 month period. Further, we generally expect these cuvees to be 100% (or thereabouts) new oak. With an eye only towards these qualities, rarely will we expect these best barrel cuvees to be sub-appellated, and scarcely ever vineyard designated. These cuvees will generally carry a macro-AVA designation, such as "Sonoma County" or, possibly, "California". A peculiar approach to Pinot Noirs of this caliber, but one we have chosen to take, and truly enjoying following. While the process of "over-vintaging" is somewhat risky, the reward, as "The Fence" proves, is significant. Sitting brilliantly in the glass draped in a regal, ruby/purple robe, everything about this wine is on another level. "The Fence" offers a stately, elegant intensity of blue, black and red fruits; dizzying complexity of secondary flavors such as pine forest, menthol and cigar leaf; a buffed-smooth polish to its tannins; and a depth of structure that speaks of longevity.
Argot Wines never fail to impress and borderline heretical methods always produce wines that can wake you up from a wine-rut. Fences has an astonishing amount of layers that start with red fruits like cherries and black raspberries and move to blueberries then on to cassis. Between floors we can spot cigar box, dry pine needles, and tarragon. A powerhouse that doesn't lose its elegant charm.
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Aged 20 months in French Oak.
Notes: 100% New
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