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What were you doing twelve years ago? We were picking the grapes that have become this
sparkling wine. Since then it has been aging slowly on yeast in the bottle in our cool
temperature warehouse. The color is a rich, youthful yellow. After ten years of waiting, the
aromas are ready to punch out of the glass with a rich potpourri of wild ginger root, Gala apple,
and a splash of nectarine, tangerine and mandarin! The flavor is extra creamy in texture. The bubbles are tiny and foamy. The fruit flavors of the aroma complex with pink pepper spice and baked filo dough yeastiness. Mouth-filling richness is translated into a very long and fresh finish. This wine will also age for quite some time on cork if cellared properly.
The 1995 vintage in Oregon was a sparkling winemakers dream. Late ripening, of perfectly
balanced sparkling wine grapes were unaffected by early rains. Everyone of the some 25 base
wines we made in 1995 was a delight. The grapes for this wine were hand-picked into small
baskets. They were then transported to the winery where they were chilled to 35 degrees F
before being gently pressed. After several weeks of settling in tank, only the freshest "heart"
juice was fermented using one of Argyle's proprietary yeast strains. A blend of 65% Chardonnay and 35% Pinot Noir and bottle aged on yeast for a decade, this ET retains the freshness of youth.
"An assemblage of 65% Chardonnay and 35% Pinot Noir, the 1995 Brut Extended Tirage is disgorged on demand. Its complex nose of minerals, toast, yeast, and dried honey is followed by a medium-bodied character of green apples, almonds, hazelnuts (or filberts as they're known in Oregon), and flowers. This outstanding sparkler has a wonderful balance, expressiveness and length."-Wine Advocate
"A lovely follow-up to the outstanding '94, this well-integrated, perfectly aged brut is still crisp and showing hints of fresh apple, along with beeswax, citrus and gooseberry. It shows off with a gorgeous mousse, and persistent fresh flavors that linger without cracking up."-Wine Enthusiast
Twenty-five years ago, Argyle began making wine in Oregon's Willamette Valley. Since 1987, winemaker Rollin Soles and viticulturist Allen Holstein have teamed up to produce world-class method champenoise sparkling wines, barrel-fermented Chardonnay, and silky-textured Pinor Noir from low-yielding vines that are winery farmed on some of the best hillside slopes and elevations. ...Read More About Argyle
Named for the river that runs through the valley from Portland to Eugene, Willamette Valley is home to some of the best Pinot Noir vineyards in the Northwest. While along the same north/south line as Seattle, the Willamette Valley is protected from Pacific rains by the Coast Range on the western border and the Cascade Ranges to the east. Though sunshine is...Read More About Willamette Valley
Vintage Champagne and Sparkling Wines
Vintage Champagne is made in particularly good years with optimum weather and the best grape selection.
Some houses, like Dom Perignon, only make vintage Champagne,
so they do not produce a wine every year and have no
What makes vintage Champagne better? Well, status for one - many vintage Champagnes are...Read More About Vintage
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