2005 Argyle "Extended Tirage" Willamette Valley Brut
*Cellar Selection* Two-thirds Pinot Noir and one-third Chardonnay, this aged a decade in bottle on the yeast, before being disgorged in August 2015. Amazingly fresh, it bursts with subtle, well-integrated flavors of citrus rind, peach, almond and pastry. The length and imposing structure suggest it can age for another decade. Drink now through 2025.
Light and expressive, with a wonderful core of pear and quince, persisting against creamy effervescence into a long and precise finish. Has presence, length and remarkable freshness. Drink now. 1,012 cases made.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2005 Extended Tirage Brut lives up to its name: ten years if you want to know the exact length of tirage. And that results in a quite lovely bouquet with brioche, yellow flowers and orange cordial on the precise nose that gently unfolds with each swirl of the glass. The palate is well balanced, soft in the mouth with a prick of acidity to ensure sufficient tension and nervosité. Lemon sorbet and orange zest define that finish, which lingers nicely in the mouth. This comes recommended - an excellent Oregonian sparkler for those special occasions. 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)