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Argyle Brut 2006

External Review by Premier Wine & Spirits:

The leader in Northwest sparkling wines for more than two decades, Argyle continues to show its mastery, mixing New World fruit power with Old World technique. Big, bold and loaded with ripe apples, this vintage brut starts out full-bodied but reveals more subtlety as it goes, adding hints of strawberry and cocoa in a rush of flavor.

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Argyle Winery:
Prospecting the New World's coolest latitudes, Brian Croser and Rollin Soles staked a claim in Oregon's Willamette Valley, a place ideal for late season ripened Pinot Noir and Chardonnay fruit. Since 1987, Argyle Winery has produced world-class methode champenoise Sparkling wine, barrel fermented Chardonnay and 'silky' textured Pinot Noir from low yielding vines on winery far... Read more
Prospecting the New World's coolest latitudes, Brian Croser and Rollin Soles staked a claim in Oregon's Willamette Valley, a place ideal for late season ripened Pinot Noir and Chardonnay fruit. Since 1987, Argyle Winery has produced world-class methode champenoise Sparkling wine, barrel fermented Chardonnay and 'silky' textured Pinot Noir from low yielding vines on winery farmed hillside slopes. Argyle was named "OREGON'S PREMIER WINERY" by Wine Spectator in 2000. Argyle farms three vineyards: Knudsen Vineyard, Stoller Vineyard and Lone Star Vineyard. The 120 acre Knudsen Vineyard was first planted between 1972 & 1974. The high elevation blocks of this landmark Dundee Hills site are key components in Argyle's sparkling wines. Knudsen provides Argyle a mix of old vine blocks and new high density blocks planted with "Old World" Dijon clones. Just south of Knudsen Vineyard in the Dundee Hills sits Stoller Vineyard. First planted in 1995, Stoller, like Knudsen, is planted using state of the art viticultural techniques. Stoller Vineyard has produced some of Oregon's finest Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. In 1996 Argyle purchased a spectacular 160 acre vineyard site in the east slopes of Eola Hills, known as Lone Star Vineyard. Located 15 miles south of Argyle's winery in Dundee, this warm site is planted primarily to Dijon clones of Pinot Noir. This vineyard has the potential to be one of Oregon's best Pinot Noir vineyards. All grapes are hand harvested into small baskets and transported to the winery. Grapes are chilled overnight to 35F before crushing the next day. Chilling preserves the ripe fruit characteristics and naturally limits oxidation. Read less

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Snooth User: fdestin
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2.50 5
11/25/2010

Two and a half glasses


External Reviews for Argyle Brut

External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

The leader in Northwest sparkling wines for more than two decades, Argyle continues to show its mastery, mixing New World fruit power with Old World technique. Big, bold and loaded with ripe apples, this vintage brut starts out full-bodied but reveals more subtlety as it goes, adding hints of strawberry and cocoa in a rush of flavor.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

The 2006 Brut is a blend of 58% Chardonnay and 42% Pinot Noir. Medium straw-colored, it has a classy nose of mineral, biscuit, apple, and baking spices. Crisp, bright, and creamy-textured, this superb sparkling wine begs the question, why buy Champagne?


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

Though sparkling wine production is but a small part of this large wineryrsquo;s output, it is what appears to impassion winemaker (and co-owner) Rollin Soles the most. The powerful aromas of the 2000 Brut reveal flowers and almonds. Medium-bodied, this fine value displays flavors of candied green apples, white flowers, and nuts in a focused, bright style. Drink it over the next 2 years.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

Crisp, perfumy style has a strong floral and spice character. Finishes tart. Drink now.


External Review
Source: Astor Wines & Spirits
05/24/2010

Apple and asian pear aromas with lovely fruit on the palate and just the right amount of bubbles. Drink this as an apéritif, with just a light chill if you like your wines on the more fruit-forward side.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

Ripe and vibrant, creamy in texture, with a sweet vanilla edge to the pear and citrus flavors, rather like delicately carbonated still wine, finishing long. Reminiscent of some domaine-bottled Champagnes. Drink now.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

Subtle style has a burst of aromatics, offering grapefruit, apple, baked-bread and sweet spices, becoming gentler in the mouth, finishing with a bright level of acidity.


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