Argyle Reserve Pinot Noir 1996

Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon

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Item No. 6
  • red wine
Ratings Pedigree:
  • 1998
  • WE91
  • WS90
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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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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. ...

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Learn About Willamette Valley

(will-AAM-it) 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...

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Learn About Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir(PEE-noh nwahr) Pinot Noir is a finicky grape. It only grows in the right climate, with the right soils and the right care. Perhaps because it is so difficult is why it is so loved. Pinot Noir hails from Burgundy, a region known for crafting the most collectible and sought-after wines from this varietal. Not only does Pinot reign in Burgundy, it is also...

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