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Date Printed: 4/16/2014
Argyle Spirithouse Pinot Noir 2004
Argyle Spirithouse Pinot Noir 2004
(search item no. 86877)
boutique wine


PRICE ON 4/16/2014: $49.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2003 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This is a surprisingly ripe Spirithouse wine, considering it is derived from our highest elevation spot in Knudsen Vineyard.

Uber ripe fruit aromas include plum with blackberry concentrate, lovely cedar-bergamot spice, and an interesting sort of ‘bramble' character, with a rich slathering of dark chocolate nib. This is a "Pavlov's Pinot" kind of wine for me.

The flavor is bursting with juiciness with very fine textured tannins. That concentrated blackberry fruit is so rich one could figuratively slice it with a knife. Spices of dark chocolate and cola nut are met with plum sauce fruit in the long finish.

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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.