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.
Food Pairing Notes
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 2017 growing season began with a relatively cool and wet spring in comparison to 2014-2016, leading to more normal timing of bud break at the end of April. May was fairly cool with a few blips of heat which lead to a moderately later bloom in mid to late June, depending on elevation. Both cluster size and quantity was larger than 2016 so heavy crop-thinning was in order to produce balanced wines. August was very warm but turned cool in September, which allowed the fruit to hang and gain aromatic complexity. Harvest started with Chardonnay at Lone Star Vineyard in the Eola-Amity Hills on September 8th and finished with Pinot Noir in the upper elevations of the Eola-Amity Hills at Spirit Hill Vineyard on October 14th.
Wine Enthusiast, 92 Points: “This is an even mix of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier sourced from the Knudsen and Spirit Hill vineyards. A pale copper, it’s got a fine bead and lovely aromas of truffle, toast and spice. The fruit brings pastry flavors of strawberries and cherries accented with a touch of brioche.” ë Paul Gregutt, Dec. 21