2001 Argyle "Extended Tirage" Willamette Valley Brut
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2001 Brut Extended Tirage is a blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, exactly the same wine released in 2004 but with a decade sur lie. The 2001 vintage provided plenty of natural acidity and it shows in this elegant effort. Light gold in color, it displays complex aromas and flavors along with an attractive minerality. Mouth-filling, creamy textured, and long, this pleasure-bent bubbly is meant for drinking over the next 3-4 years. As usual, Argyle's sparkling wine offerings are among the best made in the USA.
Lithe and silky, elegant and refined, with subtle white pepper and spicy floral hints weaving through the grapefruit and pineapple flavors. Finishes with deft balance. Impressive for its length. Drink now.