Argyle Brut 2003 Front Label
Argyle Brut 2003 Front Label

Argyle Brut 2003

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750ML / 13.5% ABV
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750ML / 13.5% ABV

Winemaker Notes

This is some robust, bold bubbly! The 2003 vintage of Argyle Brut could be described as a bit of Yin and a bit of Yang leading to a lot of Whoopee! The Yin came in the form of a September week of wet weather. Some berry splitting and a couple of potential mold issues would have multiplied our grief if another week of wet weather had ensued. Then Yang kicked in with a vengeance in the form of a very hot, dry east wind during the week of the 22nd of September. 95F on September 27th is unprecedented in our cool climate region! Our fears of splitting and mold were replaced by raisining and shriveling. The solution was to start up our irrigation system in the best vineyard blocks replacing evaporated berry and vine moisture, and allowing us to wait out the heat. Thus, fruit flavor and balance was maintained, producing wines of incredible power and ripeness!

The flavor is very robust of that plum and apple fruit settling on a multi-layer slab of slate-like minerality. The finish is rich, creamy and yeasty with ripe Pinot Noir fruit character driving the impression of this wine on down the long, highway of one's gullet.

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Toasty, peppery and distinctive for its range of spicy flavors, letting it all ride on a fine bead as the finish persists. Drink now. 2,921 cases made.
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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.

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One of Pinot Noir's most successful New World outposts, the Willamette Valley is the largest and most important AVA in Oregon. With a continental climate moderated by the influence of the Pacific Ocean, it is perfect for cool-climate viticulture and the production of elegant wines.

Mountain ranges bordering three sides of the valley, particularly the Chehalem Mountains, provide the option for higher-elevation vineyard sites.

The valley's three prominent soil types (volcanic, sedimentary and silty, loess) make it unique and create significant differences in wine styles among its vineyards and sub-AVAs. The iron-rich, basalt-based, Jory volcanic soils found commonly in the Dundee Hills are rich in clay and hold water well; the chalky, sedimentary soils of Ribbon Ridge, Yamhill-Carlton and McMinnville encourage complex root systems as vines struggle to search for water and minerals. In the most southern stretch of the Willamette, the Eola-Amity Hills sub-AVA soils are mixed, shallow and well-drained. The Hills' close proximity to the Van Duzer Corridor (which became its own appellation as of 2019) also creates grapes with great concentration and firm acidity, leading to wines that perfectly express both power and grace.

Though Pinot noir enjoys the limelight here, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc and Chardonnay also thrive in the Willamette. Increasing curiosity has risen recently in the potential of others like Grüner Veltliner, Chenin Blanc and Gamay.

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Representing the topmost expression of a Champagne house, a vintage Champagne is one made from the produce of a single, superior harvest year. Vintage Champagnes account for a mere 5% of total Champagne production and are produced about three times in a decade. Champagne is typically made as a blend of multiple years in order to preserve the house style; these will have non-vintage, or simply, NV on the label. The term, "vintage," as it applies to all wine, simply means a single harvest year.

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