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Date Printed: 9/2/2014
Argyle Extended Tirage Brut 2001
Argyle Extended Tirage Brut 2001
(search item no. 113106)
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Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 9/2/2014: $59.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1995 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
1995 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
1995 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1994 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
1991 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1989 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Honeysuckle, brioche, and honey drizzled chevre on warm toasted artisan bread are the first things to hit you on the nose of this ten year old bubbly. The next thing that grabs you about this straw colored beauty is how amazingly fine the mousse is. I have never seen an Argyle sparkling wine, with such delicate, tiny bubbles. That delicacy dances across the palate just like the old monk said, "I am drinking the stars!" Age has brought this wine amazingly rich flavors of vanilla bean, crème brûlée, persimmon, and baked pear with delicate hints of licorice, peach, and spun sugar. It's astounding that a flavor profile can be so creamy yet have such a defined thread of acidity woven through it, but this wine does, finishing with the clean acidity of a perfect sparkler.

Blend: 52% Chardonnay, 45% Pinot Noir, 3% Pinot Meunier

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About Argyle:

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. Argyle wines have received a total of 11 Wine Spectator Top 100 designations - more than any other winery in Oregon. The Argyle wines represented on this list include sparkling wine, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, truly making Argyle one of the finest practitioners of the craft of elegant, long-lived winegrowing.