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| ||Tasted by suburbanfrog on 6/22/2011 & rated 83 points: This bottle was sent to me as a gift from the winery for being a wine club member for 10 years. With great anticipation, a group of 4 of us opened it for a special occasion. 3 thought it to be well over the hill and I chalked it up to just being an aged sparkling wine. If I was correct and the flavors were typical of an aged sparklers, then I will not be investing in 20 year old sparkling wine. It had the nose of sherry, not over powering, but it was there and the flavors were more sherry and nut than any type of fruits. Maybe a bad bottle, but it was drinkable. We all finished it, but with poor impressions. Gold in color, but far from any fresh flavors other than nice acidity. I am hesitant to call it a bad bottle (oxidized) not having experienced any old sparkling wine considered well aged. (1104 views)|
| ||Tasted by yipen on 6/14/2007 & rated 90 points: buttery and the extra tirage amke the wine smooth drinking, but not too many bubble, had it with gravlax and dill mustard (1670 views)|
Argyle 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.
Champagne BlendThe typical champagne blend is of three grapes - Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Pinot Meunier. Wines labeled as 'Blanc de Blancs' are by definition all Chardonnay, and wines labeled as 'Blanc de Noirs' contain Pinot Noir, Meunier or both in the blend.
There are how ever three additional grape varieties planted (Arbane, Petit Meslier and Pinot Blanc) and used in Champagne, they could be called legacy grapes and do not represent significant portion of the grapes used (<0.01%?). It is not permitted to plant more of these varieties.
However, sparkling wines that are not Champagne (i.e. not grown in the area legally allowed that name in France) may be made of several other grapes, too. For example, Markko Vineyards 'Excelsior' was given the name 'Champagne' with tongue-in-cheek, as the winemaker has embarked on a program to educate his consumers away from the use of the 'C' word. This wine is actually made like many German Sekts, from Riesling.
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