Argyle Spirithouse Pinot Noir 2006
Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
The 2006 Pinot Noir Spirithouse Knudsen Vineyard is medium/dark ruby with a splendid aromatic array of mineral, earth, cedar, spice box, and red and black fruits, Silky smooth, layered, bordering on opulent, and very sexy, this Pinot Noir will evolve for 2-3 years and be at its best from 2010 to 2018.
"While the focus of this report is on 2006 Pinot Noir, it is undeniable that Argyle Winery is producing among the best sparkling wines made in the USA and they cannot be ignored. Argyle is also the hangout of veteran vigneron Rollin Soles who knows as well as anyone what’s happening in the Oregon wine scene. Argyle’s Pinot Noirs have a bit more competition than the Sparkling Wines but they have been up to the challenge for quite some time."
The Wine Advocate
"Lithe, polished and appealing for the transparency of its raspberry, blackberry and sweet leather flavors, lingering gently on the harmonious, almost delicate finish. Drink
now through 2014."
"Deep red. Seductively perfumed aromas of black raspberry, cherry-cola, potpourri and smoky minerals. Sweet, palate-staining red and dark berry flavors are deeply concentrated but fresh, with a sexy candied rose quality on the back end. Finishes on a sweet note of red and dark berry preserves, with excellent clarity and spicy character. This is delicious now but I'd bet on it rewarding another five years of patience."
International Wine Cellar
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Earthy & Spicy
Maybe 3.1 stars. Color, taking into account this is pinot noir, this wine has a deep dark color! Nose, this acts very new world, cranberries and some strawberries going on in here, some heat coming through! Midpalate, again tacking into account this is pinot noir, this wine has a lot of body (almost like merlot!), some charcoal flavors coming through, red fruits, again some heat. Finish, firm but nice tannins, red fruits are slightly dancing on my palate, lingering in the mouth, but one dimensional! Overall, this wine is really dense for pinot noir. Clearly it has a lot of potential now. I would put this away for 5-6 more years. I feel it is a little bit disjointed now because of the heat I am getting, but it is not that vibrant (it will go lighter overtime). This is only for new world lovers. Bottled at 14.5%, which is very high in my opinion for pinot noir! I must disagree with RP (my favorite wine critic) for scoring this 94. I am 89 points on this effort for now. I can see this reaching 90 points in 6 years. Happy drinking!
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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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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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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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