2016 Pinot Noir
Argyle Pinot Noir is a genuine representation of the Willamette Valley. Fermented entirely in small, 1.5 ton lots and plunged by hand, Argyle Pinot Noir is blended for purity and freshness. The 2016 vintage leans darker in fruit profile with savory spice and delicate floral accents, while the middle palate is classic Argyle silkiness in texture, with persistent length.
Situated just above the 45th parallel and just between the protective rain shadow of Oregon’s Coast Range to the west and the majestic Cascade Mountain Range to the east, the Willamette Valley enjoys a long, late growing season, perfectly suited for world class Pinot Noir.
Food Pairing Notes
All Argyle Pinot Noirs are hand picked and fermented in small batch open-top bins - a rare, time-consuming and labor-intensive process for a winery of any size. This gives our winemaking team ultimate flexibilty in blending - literally to the vineyard block.
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.
Wine Spectator, 90 Pts.: "Graceful and bright, with lively raspberry, cinnamon and green tea flavors that finish on a snappy note. Drink now through 2023.” —TF, Oct. 22, 2018
Willamette Valley AVA
September 5th - 21st 2016
The Savvy Collector
Wine Geek Companion