Located in a renovated farmhouse at the side of the busy road (a la Napa-wine-crawl slow) in the adorable town of Dundee, Oregon, Argyle produces some of the best examples of sparkling wine made in the Willamette Valley.
Argyle was named as Oregon’s ‘Premier Winery’ by Wine Spectator in 2000 and it’s clear they have continued this tradition over the past thirteen years.
“Brut makes you better,’ or so it says on their website.
We tasted the range including a 2010 Argyle Black Brut (Pinot Noir) similar in texture, tannin and taste to a Lambrusco but with a touch of smoke and concentrated on their traditional method sparklings – purchasing a 2009 Blanc de Blancs as well as a 2009 Argyle Vintage Brut which was enjoyed upon returning across the border a few weeks later.
The 2009 Vintage Brut is composed of estate fruit (59% Pinot Noir and 41% Chardonnay) and made in the aforementioned and time consuming (but oh-so-worth-it) traditional method.
It’s clear and bright, medium minus lemon green and has a creamy long lasting mousse.
On the nose, it’s clean and developing with delicately medium minus intense aromas of bread, yeast, citrus, stone fruit and a stony minerality.
The palate is dry with medium minus alcohol, medium plus acidity and very long lasting mousse. The medium intense flavours include a marvelous biscuit, lime and lemon zest, pink grapefruit, Asian pear and provide a strong medium plus finish solidly anchored in the Pinot Noir’s carpentry.
WSET ‘very good’, as it warmed it took on strong lime cordial. Thoroughly enjoyable with friends and tapas style Mediterranean hors d’oeuvres.
And as they’d suggested, I definitely felt better after having this wine. Highly recommended.