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 Vintage2000 Label 1 of 16 
(NOTE: Label borrowed from 2002 vintage.)
ProducerArgyle (web)
VarietyPinot Noir
SubRegionWillamette Valley
AppellationWillamette Valley

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2004 and 2009 (based on 2 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Argyle Pinot Noir Nuthouse Reserve Series on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 88.7 pts. and median of 88 pts. in 17 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by RandJ on 10/11/2009: over the hill. no fruit (1584 views)
 Tasted by mlawren1 on 5/4/2008 & rated 93 points: Wow, wonderful mouthful of blueberries and blackberries. Long finish of chocolate and spices. well integrated with a wonderful smoothness. (1780 views)
 Tasted by louisl on 3/19/2008 & rated 92 points: I didn't expect much from reading the previous tasting notes, but I was happily surprised by this wine. It had a nice thick mouthfeel, and and increadible finish. The tannins have nicely mellowed out, but the fruit is still there. The flavors are subtle, but elegant and layered, with rasberry in the foreground and subtle minerals in the background. (1907 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 8/18/2007: Past its prime, but still solid (2036 views)
 Tasted by Gfritzh on 7/20/2007 & rated 88 points: A mature Oregon Pinot Noir. Not much fruit left. The wine seemed to awaken about 1/2 hour after opening with muted fruit and tannins. Drink now. (2094 views)
 Tasted by Gfritzh on 6/28/2007 & rated 90 points: Harsh and tannic when first opened. Softened into a very enjoyable mature Burgundy style wine with silky tannins and well integrated fruit. Drink now. (1447 views)
 Tasted by rfras on 3/2/2006 & rated 88 points: Nice fruit taste, but lighter body an less complex than anticipated (1942 views)
 Tasted by DesMarteau on 12/31/2005 & rated 89 points: Opened and consumed over a 2 hour window after 15-20 mins of air. Light bodied, but vibrant apple fruit character...vibrancy a bit one dimensional. Apple/cranberry fruit with muted delicate flower petals. Nice...but doesn't blow me away with range or depth. (2383 views)
 Tasted by cadamson on 12/10/2005 & rated 87 points: Plum and rasberry nose, somewhat muted, with a bit of mint. Not overly complex, but nice red fruity taste. Had a couple of these the last couple years, this one seems to be the best. Probably would not age much longer though. (2546 views)
 Tasted by inthecloset on 6/5/2005 & rated 88 points: Drank with some copper river salmon. Vibrant red color. Flavors of cherry and plum with a touch of chocolate and smooth tannins. Sounds like a great recipe but something was missing. Not enough complexity and personality for a $40 Pinot to be rated outstanding. (2335 views)
 Tasted by Burgundy Al on 1/23/2005 & rated 88 points: Didn't live up to my expectations from a couple of years ago. Pe4rfumed aromatics are still there and are the highlight. Fruit is more simple and starting to fade already. Tannins are still too dominant. (585 views)
 Tasted by dinwiddie on 11/20/2004 & rated 92 points: Opened with dinner last night of rotissarie chicken and couscous. Lots of lush, up-front black cherry and berry fruit. Wiff of menthol on the nose with some cola. Supple mouthfeel, with a decent grip from softened tannins. Just the right amount of oak. Enjoyable for about 5 more years I'd think. (2400 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 11/3/2004 & rated 82 points: This bottle is much different than the last. The nose is completely overwhelmed by caramel. The amount of oak this must have seen is amazing. I get a little chocolate trying to get through the oak. The palate is of medium weight with red fruits and caramel. There is some underlying acid but it is dominated by the oak. (2559 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 3/1/2004 & rated 84 points: The color is a beautiful ruby red. The nose shows some heat, leather, oak, and mint. The palate shows medium weight with tastes of vanilla, earth, and some red fruit. This wine is fairly plain and lacking in depth. There is nothing wrong with it, but for $40 I expected more. (2233 views)
 Tasted by Burgundy Al on 3/10/2002 & rated 91 points: Bold fruit on the nose - raspberry and wild strawberry - that continue on through to the palate. I know this was opened too young, and the tannins aren't fully integrated but the raw material here is really wonderful so I expect this to be wonderful by 2005 or 2006. Good acidity provides nice length. (687 views)

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Producer website

Argyle farms three vineyards: Knudsen Vineyard, Stoller Vineyard and Lone Star Vineyard. The 120 acre Knudsen Vineyard was first planted between 1972 & 1974. The high elevation blocks of this landmark Dundee Hills site are key components in Argyle's sparkling wines. Knudsen provides Argyle a mix of old vine blocks and new high density blocks planted with "Old World" Dijon clones.

Just south of Knudsen Vineyard in the Dundee Hills sits Stoller Vineyard. First planted in 1995, Stoller, like Knudsen, is planted using state of the art viticultural techniques. Stoller Vineyard has produced some of Oregon's finest Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

In 1996 Argyle purchased a spectacular 160 acre vineyard site in the east slopes of Eola Hills, known as Lone Star Vineyard. Located 15 miles south of Argyle's winery in Dundee, this warm site is planted primarily to Dijon clones of Pinot Noir. This vineyard has the potential to be one of Oregon's best Pinot Noir vineyards.

All grapes are hand harvested into small baskets and transported to the winery. Grapes are chilled overnight to 35F before crushing the next day. Chilling preserves the ripe fruit characteristics and naturally limits oxidation.

Pinot Noir

Varietal character (Appellation America) | Varietal article (Wikipedia)
Pinot Noir is the Noble red grape of Burgundy, capable of ripening in a cooler climate, which Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot will not reliably do. It is unpredictable and difficult both to grow and to vinify, but results in some of the finest reds in the world. It is believed to have been selected from wild vines two thousand years ago. It is also used in the production of champagne. In fact, more Pinot Noir goes into Champagne than is used in all of the Cote d'Or! It is also grown in Alsace, Germany, the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Croatia, Serbia, Italy, Austria, and so forth, with varying degrees of success.


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