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Argyle Pinot Noir Willamette 2009

Winemaker's Notes:

2009 was all about farming to balance Mother Nature’s surprises. Argyle’s farming culture got the crop level right on. We stripped leaves after the burning sun of August and in time for the Labor Day rains. We also believed September’s drying, east wind forecast and put a security of water onto the vines to help them ride out the drying, late season heat with a maximum of ripening—which is the name of the game here in the Willamette Valley. Picking was unusually “segmented” this year. Usually we can say that every 200’ rise in elevation can mean 10 days difference in ripening and thus picking. But in 2009 Argyle picked high and low elevation fruit at the same time! We picked all the sparkling fruit, then rested for a couple of days, then all the Chardonnay for still wine, rested another few days then all the red came in. The resulting wines are gorgeous, perky and sexy. I don’t know that I have seen a more sensuous expression of flavor and aromas in my 23 years of Willamette Valley winemaking.

Region: USA » Oregon » Willamette Valley

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Winery: Argyle Winery
Color: Red
Varietal: Pinot Noir
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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

Member Reviews for Argyle Pinot Noir Willamette

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Snooth User: runningbear
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4.00 5
01/28/2012

Enjoyed an earlier vintage at a restaurant in Oregon. Easy and smooth, if a bit thin. Considering this as an additional "house wine", with its reasonable price point.


Snooth User: cfike
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3.00 5
11/17/2012

Three glasses


External Reviews for Argyle Pinot Noir Willamette

External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
06/22/2011

Light, bright red. Spicy strawberry and raspberry aromas are brightened by notes of cinnamon and white pepper. Sweet red fruit flavors verge on jammy but are given energy by zesty acidity, which adds clarity and back-end lift. Juicy and very appealing in its straightforward, fruity way.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
06/22/2011

Light and easygoing, with a real transparency to its pretty cherry, currant and guava flavors, mingling effectively with cream and delicate spice notes. This just doesn't quit on the finish. Drink now through 2015.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
06/22/2011

A great value and one of the easiest-to-find wines from Oregon, this screw-capped lovely is smooth and round, seductively plush in texture but not overwhelming in flavor. It keeps its musky cherry, plum and tobacco flavors in harmony as they sail into the long finish. Drink now through 2008.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
06/22/2011

Good varietal character, with smoky cherry, orange peel, cherry and vanilla. Supple, creamy and sweet with vanilla and spice. Pleasant, with nice complexity.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
06/22/2011

Almost 15,000 cases are made of this sturdy, solid Willamette Valley Pinot Noir. It's got more muscle and weight than the cheaper stuff from elsewhere, though not the textural interest and nuance of many single vineyard bottlings. So it falls right in the middle, and is priced accordingly, delivering red fruits, hints of herb, light toast and coffee-flavored tannins.


External Review
01/03/2012

Almost 15,000 cases are made of this sturdy, solid Willamette Valley Pinot Noir. Itrsquo;s got more muscle and weight than the cheaper stuff from elsewhere, though not the textural interest and nuance of many single vineyard bottlings. So it falls right in the middle, and is priced accordingly, delivering red fruits, hints of herb, light toast and coffee-flavored tannins.


External Review
12/22/2010

Rich and fruity Pinot Noir is the focus at this winery from the Willamette Valley in Oregon. Medium-bodied, soft berry fruit and simply great varietal character keeps us coming back for more.


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Tasting Notes:

The aroma is surprisingly robust. Look for dark fruit aromatics like black berry, black cherry with nice Spice Route spicy complexity. The flavor is rich and robust as well. Black cherry folds nicely into lovely fresh earth on the middle palate. The ending is ripe black cherry and plum fruited.

2009 was all about farming to balance Mother Nature’s surprises. Argyle’s farming culture got the crop level right on. We stripped leaves after the burning sun of August and in time for the Labor Day rains. We also believed September’s drying, east wind forecast and put a security of water onto the vines to help them ride out the drying, late season heat with a maximum of ripening—which is the name of the game here in the Willamette Valley. Picking was unusually “segmented” this year. Usually we can say that every 200’ rise in elevation can mean 10 days difference in ripening and thus picking. But in 2009 Argyle picked high and low elevation fruit at the same time! We picked all the sparkling fruit, then rested for a couple of days, then all the Chardonnay for still wine, rested another few days then all the red came in. The resulting wines are gorgeous, perky and sexy. I don’t know that I have seen a more sensuous expression of flavor and aromas in my 23 years of Willamette Valley winemaking.

Dietary Information: Organic

18295 cases produced.


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