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Argyle Spirithouse Pinot Noir 2007

Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
  • RP93
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14% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

The aromas of this bright ruby red wine leap out of the glass with lovely rose petal floral intensity blended with cherry and raspberry red fruit. This wine speaks volumes for elegance right of the bat. The flavor is full ripe red cherry fruit with surprising juicy centerdness. The bright fruit carries on long into the finish leaving a fresh red fruited impression. Seldom do we get a vintage that displays the "nervosity" one can enjoy from cool climate grown wines. It is this nervosity that lends one toward that "Pavlov's Dog"salivating effect that rare wines can obtain.

Critical Acclaim

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RP 93
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2007 Pinot Noir Spirithouse is another step up the quality ladder. It is a weighty effort that has plenty of sweet, succulent fruit, lively acidity, and enough ripe tannin to evolve for 2-3 years. Drink it from 2011 to 2019.
WS 90
Wine Spectator
Zippy with acidity, offering raspberry and red cherry flavors that hint at lime as the sharp finish extends against a supple texture. Needs time. Best from 2010 through 2014.
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Argyle, , Oregon
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.

Napa Valley

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One of the world's most highly regarded regions for wine production and tourism, the Napa Valley is the AVA that brought worldwide recognition to California winemaking. The area was settled by a few choice wine families in the 1960's who bet that the wines of the area would grow and flourish. They were right. The Napa wine industry really took off in the 1980's, when vineyard lands were scooped up and vines were planted throughout the county. A number of wineries emerged, from large conglomerates to small boutiques to cult classics. Cabernet Sauvignon is definitely the grape of choice here, with many winemakers also focusing on Bordeaux blends. Whites are usually Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.

Within the Napa Valley lie many smaller sub-AVAs that lend even more character specifics to the wines. Furthest south is Carneros, followed by Yountville, Oakville & Rutherford. Above those two are St.-Helena and the valley's newest AVA, Calistoga. These areas are situated on the valley floor and are known for creating rich, smooth Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chardonnay. There are a few mountain regions as well, nestled on the slopes overlooking the valley AVAs. Those include Howell Mountain, Stags Leap District, and Mt. Veeder. Wines from the mountain regions are often more structured and firm, benefiting from more time in the bottle to evolve and soften.

Other Red Blends

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With hundreds of red grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used, but in the New World experimentation is permitted and encouraged. Blending can be utilized to create complex wines with many different layers of flavors and aromas, or to create more balanced wines. For example, a variety that is soft and full-bodied may be combined with one that is lighter with naturally high acidity. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.

GVDLS68030702_2007 Item# 108087

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