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Date Printed: 4/20/2014
Argyle Spirithouse Pinot Noir 2008
Argyle Spirithouse Pinot Noir 2008
(search item no. 111283)
screw cap wine

Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 4/20/2014: $69.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
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:

There was a lot of buzz about the greatness of the Oregon 2008 vintage, and this wine is the proverbial proof in the pudding. This youthful wine slowly opens in the glass, first showing off rich spice, delicate oak, and cigar box, then unwinding to let lush dark Bing cherry come to the forefront. On the palate, this wine is like drinking velvet—soft, rich, and luxurious. Flavors reminiscent of red current jam, fresh picked Damson plum, warm forest berry cobbler with a dollop of vanilla bean, and light brushed-leather notes. With so many nuances combined with a clean streak of acidity, this is a wine that will reward for years and years to come.
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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.