2012 Argyle Willamette Valley Brut Sparkling Wine

SKU #1231318 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2012 Argyle Brut is a blend of 60% Chardonnay and 40% Pinot Noir from high elevation sites, partly from the Spirit Hill Vineyard. It has a lifted lime flower and white peach-scented bouquet, floral in style and very well defined. The palate is fresh and vibrant on the entry with squeezed lime and green apple notes, well-judged acidity and a zesty finish that is just the ticket on a warm summer's day. Recommended. I am often impressed how New World sparkling wine stacks up against much of Champagne, and Argyle is no exception. Nate Klosterman makes some of Oregon's best sparklers here, packed full of flavor and tension. While I am not quite as smitten by the dry whites, it's really the bubbles that count at this address and there is a lot of pleasure to be found, especially when sourced from the great Knudsen Vineyard. Sparkling wine will become an increasingly important part of the Oregon winemaking scene and I have no doubt that Argyle will remain at the forefront. (NM)  (6/2016)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

 Clean, crisp and bright, this was fermented in stainless (with just 10% in neutral wood), and not put through malolactic. The blend is 60/40 Chardonnay/Pinot Noir, yielding fresh fruit flavors of apple and melon that are focused and precise. A streak of ginger runs through racy acidity. (PG)  (1/2016)

Connoisseurs Guide

 *One Star* So lively and bright that it could very easily pass for a Blanc de Blancs on the nose and then following with a very steady and confident mix of mildly citrusy fruit and fresh yeast running its length, this spry, finely bubbled effort earns high marks for its energy and very clean lines. It does not want for acidity, but it is crisp and cleansing without being stiff, and it is famously suited to service with shellfish, trout or delicate sole recipes.  (11/2015)

Wine Spectator

 Light and refreshing, with a smoky edge to the delicate grapefruit, pear and floral flavors, lingering well. Drink now. (HS, Web-2016)

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Staff Image By: Diana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/7/2016 | Send Email
Honey on the nose with racy acid and grapefruit through the palate, Argyle’s 2012 Brut is an exciting sparkler that feels bracing but remains tempered by caramelized sugars and depth. Tiny bubbles add sophistication to this blend of 60% Chardonnay and 40% Pinot Noir from talented winemaker Rollin Soles, who clearly understands quality without making the process overly serious.

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- Highly touted for its Pinot Noirs, Oregon is part of the up-and-coming winemaking industry in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. Most of Oregon is directly affected by the climate coming off of the Pacific Ocean, giving it mild winters and wet summers. This makes it a difficult place to ripen grapes, but some say that the harder grapes have to struggle, the more complex they will turn out to be. Chardonnay and Pinot Gris are two important and successful grapes grown in Oregon.
Alcohol Content (%): 12.5