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Argyle Reserve Pinot Noir 2004

Winemaker's Notes:

This Willamette Valley Pinot Noir is one of the biggest and richest in some time. Much of our prized 'Prestige' vineyard blocks went into the blend for this wine. Black Cherry, Marion berry, and spice aromas are concentrated around a tight mineral/earth/tar center. The flavors are sweet, big fruited, and built up with ripe, gripping tannin structure. The finish is what we all look for in Pinot Noir, long sweet with fruit and floral hints. This wine despite its value-price category will age well in to the first decade of the 2000's.

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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 Reserve Pinot Noir

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Snooth User: greg348
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5.00 5
08/30/2010

I had this wine at my wedding.


Snooth User: haneway
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3.50 5
02/05/2008

Three and a half glasses


External Reviews for Argyle Reserve Pinot Noir

External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Good concentration and noticeable density, with intriguing, briary flavors that mix candied fruit with dusty herbs, cinnamon and cocoa.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Light and tangy, brimming with red cherry, raspberry and sweet spice aromas and flavors, nicely framed with a subtle touch of oak. Has tremendous appeal, although the finish gets a bit sharp. Drink now through 2010.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Ripe and generous, with distinctive violet and rose petal overtones to the cherry and spice flavors, lingering with fine texture. Needs time to settle in. Twenty percent of the wine will be bottled under screw cap. Best from 2007 through 2012.


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

The 2002 vintage is Oregonrsquo;s best in memory and provided several top-notch Pinot Noir bottlings. For this reserve, Argyle winemaker Rollin Soles used fruit from three different vineyards in the Dundee and Eola hills, aged the wine in French oak for just over a year and bottled it unfiltered.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

This is a massive wine from a massively warm vintage. The liquid even looks more viscous than wine when poured into a glass! The aroma is deep toned and concentrated. Look for plum jam, black cherry extract, a hint of cedar smoke, and dark chocolate-mint spices. The flavor is mouth-filling and packed with plum sauce-black cherry stuffed with chocolate. See if you can find the plum pudding and alder wood smoke character. The texture is super-juicy all the way through to a very long lasting sweetness with sanded tannin memory.



This Willamette Valley Pinot Noir is one of the biggest and richest in some time. Much of our prized 'Prestige' vineyard blocks went into the blend for this wine. Black Cherry, Marion berry, and spice aromas are concentrated around a tight mineral/earth/tar center. The flavors are sweet, big fruited, and built up with ripe, gripping tannin structure. The finish is what we all look for in Pinot Noir, long sweet with fruit and floral hints. This wine despite its value-price category will age well in to the first decade of the 2000's.

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