Argyle Reserve Pinot Noir 2017
Both based in volcanic red soils, the Dundee Hills and Eola-Amity Hills are home to their Reserve Pinot Noir, providing spicy elegance and silky texture. Dark cherry, pomegranate, violet, and an underlying minerality weave with delicate, polished tannin and dynamic energy. Cold soaking and fermenting entirely in small, 1.5-ton fermenters enhances silkiness, while 15% whole cluster inclusion contributes freshness, layered complexity, and vibrant length.
Critical AcclaimAll Vintages
A gently brambly nose with forest wood and leaves, cast across spiced red-cherrynnotes. The palate has vibrant acidity and a fresh, fleshy and smooth-honed core of silky tannin. Nice resolve and balance here. Drink or hold. Screw cap.
Graceful and vibrant, with floral cherry aromas and delicately multilayered raspberry and spiced tea flavors that glide toward refined tannins. Drink now through 2026.
Though the reserve designation might suggest otherwise, this is a mid-tier wine, less expensive and with less new oak than the Nuthouse. Slightly reductive at first, there are traces of burnt rubber in the aromas, but aggressive aeration will fix that. The fruit is raspberry all the way, with a toasty finish from 16 months in one-quarter new French oak barrels.
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.
Home of some of the planet’s most amazingly elegant and expressive Pinot noir, the Willamette Valley is a pastoral, mixed landscape of green, bucolic rolling hills, dramatic forestlands and small, independent, friendly wine growers. As a leader in environmental stewardship, the valley has some of the nation’s most protective land use policies, with two-thirds of its vineyards farmed sustainably and over half, organically. While the valley claims a cool, continental climate, and is heavily influenced by the cold, moist winds of the Pacific Ocean, its warm and dry summers allow for the steady, even ripening of Pinot noir.
The potential of Willamette Valley Pinot noir continues to attract the investment of serious growers and winemakers both locally and from abroad, as naturally the finished wines bring accolades from professionals and enthusiasts. With a range of styles from delicate dried cherry, raspberry and hibiscus to stronger notes of truffle, mocha, plum and spice, a fine Willamette Valley Pinot noir is a perfect expression of both character and grace.