Extended Tirage Brut is aged for ten years on the yeast and disgorged on demand to ensure freshness. Argyle’s Tirage Library in Dundee has sparkling wines still aging on the yeast, dating back to our first vintage in 1987.
This vintage is the first time we’ve released a 100% Pinot Noir sparkling wine sourced from a very special single block of Pommard Clone Pinot Noir planted in 1974. It is one of the oldest and last standing own-rooted plantings in the Valley.
As they do in Champagne, we create the beautiful color of this wine by the addition of fully-fermented Pinot Noir, which maintains purity of fruit and floral aromatics. The red wine component makes it a versatile food wine – even standing up to steak.
Black Brut has become a cult classic at Argyle. Fully pressed red wine is put under tirage for Argyle’s traditional minimum of three years. The smokiness of this wine is a lovely match with barbeque ribs.
Our founding winemaker, Rollin Soles, came to the Willamette Valley in the 1980’s to make this wine. It is the foundation on which everything at Argyle is made. The 2015 vintage has Pinot Meunier in the blend, giving it a lovely floral component.
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