This lower-elevation site in the Eola-Amity Hills AVA is a magnet for the two forces crucial for ripening grapes: light and heat. With both Jory and Missoula flood soils, it serves as the backbone for our biggest and boldest Pinot Noirs, and is the sole source for our high-density Riesling program.
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Argyle Pinot Noirs are long aging, maintaining their high natural acidity and minerality borne of late season ripening and fresh fruit character. This wine can be cellared for 10-15 years (or more).
The 2019 growing season began with a cold and wet winter followed by wet and warm spring, leading
to a late-April budbreak. A few frost scares in April gave way to a warmer than average spring. The
early June bloom was dry and sunny, with a touch of rain affecting the later ripening Spirit Hill
Vineyard in the cool, windy Eola-Amity Hills. Some late-June and early July precipitation created a
small amount of disease pressure, while the rest of the summer was quite moderate, with fewer heat
spikes than we've seen the last number of summers. September brought with it a significant cool
down and a series of scattered rain showers, making harvest much more old-school Oregon, dancing
with the whims of Mother Nature. A more classically spread out harvest, we started with Pinot Noir in
the Dundee Hills on September 4th and finished with Pinot Noir in the upper elevations of the
Eola-Amity Hills at Spirit Hill Vineyard on October 16th.