A recent trip to Oregon took us down to the Willamette Valley, where we had the chance to visit, well, one of the few wineries that was open on New Year’s Eve: the celebrated Argyle.
Tasting through several sparklers, whites, and Pinots and found that Argyle is still making some classic Oregon wines. Notes follow.
Argyle Winery Tasting Report
2007 Argyle Brut / $27 / A- / big and very fizzy
2007 Argyle Black Brut / $30 / C- / sparkling (red) pinot noir, not my bag
2000 Argyle Extended Tirage Brut / $60 / A / impressive, creamy and austere, nice to see what age can do on domestic sparkling wine
2007 Argyle Nuthouse Chardonnay / $33 / B / very buttery, oaky, with a melon finish
2006 Argyle Spirithouse Chardonnay / $50 / B+ / a touch more acid here, still big butter tone
2008 Argyle Riesling / $18 / B- / a bit funky
2008 Argyle Reserve Pinot Noir / $40 / B / very young, a little tannin here, finish is lacking
2007 Argyle Nuthouse Pinot Noir / $50 / A / perfect structure, rich cherry fruit
2008 Argyle Minus Five / $30 / B+ / a late harvest riesling, unremarkable
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