‘Ojo Brilloso’ (ō-hō bree-ō´-sō) translates to ‘shiny eye’ or, loosely, ‘nice observation.’ It is these ‘nice observations’ made by our estate vineyard teams that we celebrate with this new program. For this first year, we highlight our three vineyard supervisors who were asked to select a small Pinot Noir block that they recognized could be coaxed to make a wine reflective of their connection to the vineyard and pride in their work. The labels feature an original illustration by Eduardo Soto, and the set is presented in a custom gift box with information on the program, a portion of the proceeds which benefit community organizations.
About Ojo Brilloso
What is Ojo Brilloso? That’s a question our Viticulturist Geoff Hall found himself asking when he joined our team in 2017. As he began learning about our estate vineyards and the talented 25 person in-house vineyard team that farms them, Geoff would often hear the team say ‘Ojo Brilloso’ (ō-hō bree-ō´-sō), which translates to ‘shiny eye’ or, loosely, ‘nice observation.’ Geoff quickly realized that it was these ‘nice observations’ made by people who were inspired and had intimate knowledge of each block of our vineyards that are truly the building blocks of Argyle’s success. Celebrating this passion, respect and dedication is what the Ojo Brilloso concept is all about. Our people.
For this first year, we highlight our three Vineyard Supervisors: Francisco Ponce, Jose Sanchez and Hector Cabrera. Each was asked to select a small Pinot Noir block that they recognized could be coaxed to make a wine reflective of their connection to the vineyard and pride in their work.
Spirit Hill Vineyard, Francisco Ponce
Managed and selected by Francisco Ponce, this parcel of 115 Pinot Noir was the first planting at Spirit Hill Vineyard in 2008. Located in the southwest corner of the vineyard and at 840 feet of elevation, this is the windiest and most exposed area of the site. Late ripening and grabbing for any bit of sunshine they can, these grapes can only be made into still wine in warmer growing seasons and with impeccable canopy management, as we've seen in 2018. Fermented entirely with its stems, this wine is sleek and spicy. Black Cherry, green tea, and violets, the structure is wound tight, firm, and persistent, showcasing the rocky volcanic soils and persistent winds of the Eola-Amity Hills.
Knudsen Vineyard, Jose Sanchez
Managed and selected by Jose Sanchez, this parcel of 115 Pinot Noir was planted in 2000 and sits in the sweet spot of the vineyard at 675 feet. Beautifully leafed and well-positioned, this wine shows the density and core structure of the 2018 vintage countered with the pretty pomegranate, black tea, and rose petals highlighted by the deep volcanic soils of the Dundee Hills.
Lone Star Vineyard, Hector Cabrera
Managed and selected by Hector Cabrera, this parcel of 2A Pinot Noir was planted in 2002 and sits in the south-facing "panhandle" of the Lone Star Vineyard at 325 feet. These tiny clusters were perfectly open and spaced, allowing them to soak up all of that early morning Cascade sunshine. One of the few red fruited blocks at Lone Star, the warm and dry growing season of 2018 really helped push this wine into darker territories, while still showcasing its subtle red-fruited nature. Dark cherry, red raspberry, and savory spice, the structure is tight, yet refined, highlighting these shallower volcanic soils of the Eola-Amity Hills.
Artist, Eduardo Soto
The original artwork featured on the labels was created by Eduardo Soto, who is one of the 2020 Argyle Art of Sparkling scholarship recipients. Eduardo is deeply influenced by the artwork of the Mexican Muralist Movement.
Spirit Hill, Knudsen, and Lone Star Vineyards are portrayed in Winter, Harvest and Spring seasons. Throughout these rolling hills there are many differences within the soil, sunlight, and humidity which can present themselves to the workers of this land. The communication between the workers and the earth is crucial to the practice of growing wine, an ability that is gained through wisdom and experience.