Extended Tirage wines are aged for ten years on the yeast and disgorged on demand to ensure freshness. Argyle’s Tirage Library in in Dundee has sparkling wines still aging on the yeast, dating back to our first vintage in 1987.
Food Pairing Notes
One of our most limited releases ever, we produced only 38 cases of Extended Tirage Knudsen Vineyard Brut. It is available exclusively to Argyle Club Members.
2009 was all about farming to balance Mother Nature’s surprises. Argyle’s farming culture got the crop level right on. We stripped leaves after the burning sun of August and in time for the Labor Day rains. We also believed September’s drying East wind forecast and put a security of water onto the vines to help them ride out the drying, late season heat with a maximum of ripening—which is the name of the game here in the Willamette Valley. Picking was unusually “segmented” this year. Usually we can say that every 200’ rise in elevation can mean 10 days difference in ripening and thus picking. But, in 2009 Argyle picked high and low elevation fruit at the same time! We picked all the sparkling fruit, then rested for a couple of days, then all the Chardonnay for still wine, rested another few days, then all the red came in. The resulting wines are gorgeous, perky, and sexy. I don’t know that I have seen a more sensuous expression of flavour and aromas in Argyle’s 26 years of Willamette Valley winemaking.