Spirit Hill Vineyard is Argyle’s highest elevation site where the Van Duzer winds whip through the vineyard, keeping this wine fresh and crisp. Perfect with oysters on the half-shell.
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It’s early in its lifespan, but Spirit Hill is beginning to display a combination of attributes we’ve come to know at our other vineyards in the Dundee and Eola-Amity Hills…call it the best of both worlds.
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.
Wine Enthusiast, 91 Points: “This single vineyard, vintage-dated cuvée was fermented and aged in neutral barrels. Given the richness of the vintage overall, this has retained its vibrant acidity and remains fresh and even biting in the mouth. Clean and tight green apple fruit flavors along with lemon juice and rind suggest that this will age indefinitely. A bit of new barrel toast would be welcome, but take it as is for its power and zest.” — Paul Gregutt, Dec. 2021