Argyle Spirithouse Pinot Noir 2006
Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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.
The Wine Advocate - "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."
Wine Spectator - "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."
International Wine Cellar - "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."
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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. 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. View all Argyle Wines
About Willamette ValleyView a map of Willamette Valley wineries (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 typically plentiful, rainfall can occasionally be tricky, and the wines here vary vintage to vintage. Within the Willamette Valley are are number of sub-regions, including McMinnville, Dundee and Yamhill.
Notable FactsThe valley is known for its Pinots – Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris. With a climate similar to Burgundy – in rainfall, sunlight hours and other climate factors – Pinot Noir has flourished here. Pinot Noir in Oregon produces wines that are fruit forward, yet complex, some with good agebility.
Other than Pinot Noir, many wineries grow Pinot Gris and Chardonnay. Pinot Gris from Oregon is delightful in its texture and food friendliness. Chardonnay in the valley adapts well to the cool climate and produces lean, elegant wines.
About OregonOregon has long been an agricultural state, producing everything from hazelnuts to cattle. The Willamette Valley in particular is a fertile basin for all sorts of produce. Not quite pegged as a wine state, in 1965, a UC Davis graduate named David Lett decided that the Willamette's climate mirrored that of Burgundy in France. With that in mind, he decided to plant some Pinot Noir clones to see how they did. And a good gamble it was. The Willamette is now one of the only regions in the world to focus solely on Pinot Noir as its red variety. Also known for Chardonnay and Pinot Gris. The southern part of Oregon has been slower in delving into the world wine market, but has been making excellent strides with their Rhone style varietals, like Syrah and Grenache. There are also coastal regions producing promising wines.
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3 ratings, 2 with reviews41/20/2013111ImNumber1 - Cambridge, MA36/20/2011
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!512/5/2010found a new winery
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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