2012 Argyle "Knudsen Vineyard" Dundee Hills Blanc de Blanc Sparkling Wine
*One Star* Sitting on the delicate end of the Blanc de Blancs spectrum and a wine that is far more restrained than it is outgoing relative to evident yeast, this fully bubbled, very dry, relatively refreshing effort nonetheless touches all of the right Chardonnay bases from minerals to mildly lemony briskness. It may have a hard time standing up to richer fare but will serve handily in the classic role of washing down fresh oysters on the half-shell.
The Wine Advocate's Neal Martin praised the sparkling wines of Argyle, saying: "Sparkling Oregon wine is not what you would describe as really penetrating the UK market (hey, we can make it as well, you know). So when I tasted Argyle’s sparklers in London, I did not really know what to expect. Perhaps it was just being made to satisfy demand for those in Portland or Seattle who cannot afford champagne? But you know, I was really quite impressed by the quality of these sparkling wines from the very first sip. Who knew? 'Argyle starts with sparkling wine,' Nate Klosterman explained to me when we eventually met up on his side of the Atlantic, Nate having worked as assistant to Rollin Soles before he departed to focus on ROCO Winery. 'That influences our winemaking, informing our Riesling, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Longevity is also important for us, so sometimes the wines are not so showy when they are young. You need fresh fruit and vibrant acidity. We like the tannins delicate and not overly aggressive...' The peaks come in the form of a taut, linear and edgy Blanc de Blancs...from the Knudsen Vineyard, which appears to the source of their best wines." (03/2015)