Argyle Extended Tirage Brut 2009
This is a crowning achievement for Vintage American Grower Sparkling Wine. Bottle fermented and aged on the yeast for ten years, Argyle ‘Extended Tirage’ Brut represents the culmination of our founding ambition to create wines that endure.
Being one of the warmer growing seasons of the decade, the 2009 sparkling harvest was incredibly compressed, lasting just 6 days. This meant we had to be on point with our picking decisions in order to capture the pinnacle of ripe fruit flavor and bursting acidity. Aged upon the lees for 10 years, Extended Tirage Brut is impressive for its balance of creamy layered texture with the vibrance of fresh disgorgement. Poached quince, crème de cassis, and roast hazelnut are layered with the mature brioche complexity, bringing harmony to its graceful, long finish.
Blend: 59% Pinot Noir, 41% Chardonnay
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Translucent gold. Powerful, smoke-tinged orchard and pit fruit aromas, along with a suave floral overtone and a hint of honey. Sappy and penetrating on the palate, offering pliant nectarine, orange and poached pear flavors braced by a spine of juicy acidity. Shows fine definition and a touch of toasty lees on a long, subtly chewy finish that leaves a sexy floral note behind. Disgorged in July 2019. Drinking window: 2020 - 2026.
Rich with lush yeast and almond accents highlighting baked pear, spice and ginger flavors that finish with lingering spiced hazelnut tones. Drink now.
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.
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.
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.