Argyle’s Tirage Library in in Dundee has sparkling wines still aging on the yeast, dating back to our first vintage in 1987.
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The best vehicle for long-term ageability is capturing vintages in large format. We've given you a head start on the first few years of aging with this rare selection from our library.
The 2015 growing season began with plenty of sunshine and warmth throughout the Spring, leading to an earlier than average bud break. As such, an early bloom kicked off with fantastic weather, leading to an above average fruit set. This required us to meticulously thin our vineyards in order to capture dense, vibrant fruit flavors. The summer was dry, though never getting too hot for too long. Harvest started early at Knudsen Vineyard in the Dundee Hills on August 24th and finished nearly one month later in the upper elevations of the Eola-Amity Hills at our Spirit Hill Vineyard on September 27th. This was our first growing season ever to be done picking before the month of October.
93 Points: Wine Review Online: “As a wine taster, I see my job as giving each wine due consideration, taking care to notice things when tasting through a set that might get missed due to distraction, tasting order, etc., and I had the sense that I might be overlooking this wine when it seemed a bit dull after tasting some deeply flavorful French sparklers. I capped it and revisited the following day, and I’m glad I did. This is a nuanced, subtle offering that enchants on the nose and in the mouth, with rosewater, strawberry, citrus and stony minerality presented in very dry style on freshening acidity that waters the mouth and leaves lingering fruit and charm in the finish. A well realized expression that for me needs no accompaniment. Contains 55% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay and 5% Pinot Meunier." —Rich Cook, Dec. 17, 2019