2008 Argyle Willamette Valley Brut

SKU #1094377 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2008 Brut spent 3 years sur lie and received a dosage of 12 g/l. It displays a bouquet of brioche, pear, apple, and white peach. Crisp, balanced, and lengthy, this excellent value is meant for drinking over the next several years.  (10/2011)

K&L Notes

Argyle is a longtime Oregon producer of sparkling wine. Winemaker Rollin Soles is an Oregon legend, and his ability to make great sparkling wines is undeniable. The 2008 could be one of the best Argyle Bruts yet. Made from 63% Pinot Noir and 37% Chardonnay, it smells like pear and apple, with hints of citrus, red fruits, brioche and yeast. The balance and acidity are close to perfect, and the tight, fine bead of bubbles is beautiful to look at. (Mike Jordan, K&L Domestic buyer) Jon Bonné of the San Francisco Chronicle writes of it: "Argyle seems to have regained a surer hand in its latest releases. Warm apple, tangy lemon, white peach, thyme and toasted bread all contribute to a sense of balance and refinement in a fine Oregon vintage. Coincidentally, the new 2002 release of its Extended Tirage Brut ($70, 12.5%), also marks a great year up north, though its figgy flavors tilt sweet."

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