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Date Printed: 9/1/2014
Argyle Reserve Pinot Noir 1996
Argyle Reserve Pinot Noir 1996
(search item no. 6)

PRICE ON 9/1/2014: $29.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2003 The Wine News rating: 91 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

At first sniff, the nose delivers black fruit aromas; ripe plum moving into prune and black cherries. There is a subtle red cedar and earthy component from the French oak. With air and time, the nose evolves into the spice associated with white pepper and the damp moss carpeting a coastal Oregon forest floor. I encourage you to follow its evolution in the glass, as it will be different every time you come back to it. This is the pleasure of excellent Pinot Noir. Once you put it in your mouth notice the rich, silky trademark Argyle texture. Enjoy the ripe cherry flavors, the impeccable balance and tightness of the structure. The finish is long with a rich sweetness that covers and at the same time complements the ample tannins and skin flavors.
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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.