2015 Argyle "Reserve" Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

SKU #1343425 93 points James Suckling

 Aromas of cherries, dried strawberries, plums and raspberries. Medium body, tightly grained tannins and a fresh and juicy finish. Savory. Drink or hold.  (12/2017)

93 points Vinous

 Limpid ruby-red. A highly perfumed, complex bouquet evokes ripe raspberry, cherry liqueur, candied flowers, mocha and smoky minerals. Sweet, seamless and lively on the palate, showing impressive depth and clarity to the intense red and dark berry, spicecake and floral pastille flavors. Closes silky, sweet and impressively long; harmonious tannins come in late to add gentle grip. (JR)  (1/2018)

K&L Notes

The Reserve is a blend of all three of Argyles vineyards. These vineyards are based in volcanic, red soils, contributing to its red cherry based core of fruit. Flavors of this wine are enhanced through cold soaking in small, 1.5-ton fermenters, along with aging 16 months in French oak barrel.

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Staff Image By: Heather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/28/2018 | Send Email
With a warmer, riper-fruited year in 2015, Argyle's Reserve Pinot Noir shows a fuller bodied character, with unabashed fruit. And yet it's ebullient character is well balanced with classic acidity and fine boned tannin. With plenty of clean, blackberry and plum notes, this wine reminds me of some of the best Pinots coming from Russian River, but with a lovely Oregon twist.

Staff Image By: Stephanie Vidales | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/14/2018 | Send Email
Those who are familiar with Argyle probably know about their sparkling wines that put them on the Oregon wine map back in 1987. The winery has since then expanded their portfolio to include other wines, like this Reserve Pinot Noir which comes from their estate vineyards throughout Willamette Valley. This inviting Pinot is bursting with bright red fruit, a touch of spice and is silky on the palate with some tannin to pull it together. Incredibly approachable and drinkable.. you won't be disappointed!

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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.
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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.
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Oregon

- 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 (%): 13.5