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Professional Ratings: 92 The Wine Advocate
Region: Willamette Valley, Oregon
Varietal: Vintage Sparkling Wine
Other Info: Green Wines
Alcohol By Volume: 13.5%
Item no. 96973
Two grape varieties, Oregon Chardonnay & Oregon Pinot Noir, are used in Argyle Brut.
This is a robust, bold bubbly! 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.
Argyle's sparkling wine portfolio begins with the 2005 Brut, composed of 65% Pinot Noir and 35% Chardonnay. Medium straw-colored, this biscuity bubbly has tons of flavor, plenty of minerality and superb length. It is a great value in high class sparkling wine (and that includes Champagne).
While the focus of this report is on 2006 Pinot Noir, it is undeniable that Argyle Winery is producing among the best sparkling wines made in the USA and they cannot be ignored. Argyle is also the hangout of veteran vigneron Rollin Soles who knows as well as anyone what's happening in the Oregon wine scene. Argyle's Pinot Noirs have a bit more competition than the Sparkling Wines but they have been up to the challenge for quite some time.