The addition of Pinot Meunier, varying in percentage on a vintage by vintage basis, is a vehicle to lift the best characteristics out of the predominant Pinot Noir in the blend.
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Argyle Brut Rosé is made to be long aging, maintaining its richness & minerality borne of late season ripening and fresh fruit character. It is Argyle’s most popular prestige Sparkling Wine.
The 2016 growing season began with a warm, dry winter leading to one of our earliest bud breaks on record. Getting off to this kind of pace and continuing with a warm Spring, bloom came early and under a good amount of heat, leading to a shortened window of flowering and also resulting in an uneven but more average sized set, meaning we wouldn't have to crop thin much later in the season. Summer was warm and consistent, leading into another early start to harvest. Harvest was quick and condensed, starting at Lone Star Vineyard in the Eola-Amity Hills on August 25th and finishing not even one month later, in the upper elevations of the Eola-Amity Hills at our Spirit Hill Vineyard on September 21st. This was our second growing season ever to be done picking before the month of October.
91 Points, Wine Enthusiast: “The blend is 47% Pinot Noir, 16% Pinot Meunier and 37% Chardonnay, yielding concentrated flavors of rhubarb and wild strawberry. The acidity brings a wash of lemon zest, and the compact density suggests that further bottle age will bring rewarding results. Drink from 2025.” —Paul Gregutt, Dec. 2020