Extended Tirage Brut

Only time can bring out the depth of flavors and aromas that our Extended Tirage develops. In this 2002 vintage Extended Tirage, the nose has delicate layers of cut pear, shortbread cookie, flan, persimmon, quince, and funnel cake. Despite being ten years in the bottle, this wine is delightfully fresh and there is no shortage of glorious bubbles welcoming flavors of crisp red pear, straw notes and crusty baguette. The wine’s natural acidity brings a fresh crispness that magically melts and somehow goes creamy on the wine’s long finish. The 2002 Extended Tirage is another example of a wine that has taken a decade to craft, but the wait has been well worth it.

Wine Production Stats

Varietals: 21% Pinot Noir, 73% Chardonnay, and 6% Pinot Meunier
AVA: Willamette Valley
Alcohol: 12.5%
Tiraged: 2002, Disgorged on Demand
Cases produced: 1,012

Rollin Soles' 2002 Vintage Notes

The 2002 vintage was one of those nerve crunching, hang in at the plate until you work up to a full count, then smack a sweet fast ball right out of the park! Translation: An unsettling growing season with a smashing finish. A warm but unsettled Spring wrought large clusters but with the diversity of berry size we like to see - what we call “peas and pumpkins.” Just as in 2001, we were required to drastically drop clusters in August, leaving one to no clusters per vine shoot. In late September and early October we had a couple of rain scares dropping up to a half inch of rain each event. On October 5th the prediction was two inches rain in a week’s time! On October 6 the rain was dropped from the forecast and the longest Indian Summer on record ensued. We were able to pick fruit at its peak of ripeness under sunny skies and with limited chaos on the crush pad. As always, our grapes were harvested into small baskets. After gently transporting them to the winery, they were first chilled to 35 degrees F before de-stemming and gently crushing into small open-top fermentation vats. Prior to alcoholic fermentation they underwent a 4-5 day cold maceration. After fermentation they received a second short maceration before being pressed. The new wine was then aged nine months in French oak barrels before it was bottled, unfined and unfiltered.

Rollin Soles' 2001 Vintage Notes

Many Oregon vintages are characterized by patience at the end due to a late start in the beginning. Not so for the 2001 growing season. We had wonderful weather at bloom, in fact too wonderful! The grape flowers pollinated perfectly and the clusters set were the largest in recent history. Large quantities of large clusters struggle to ripen in Oregon’s cool growing season. So to ensure ripeness before the end of the growing season, we had to cut off more fruit than any year I can remember. With this aggressive thinning we saw rapid sugar development in the berries.

Before harvesting the sugar rich berries we had to wait patiently for several days for the ripe fruit flavors to develop that are necessary to make our best wines. The grapes were hand picked into small baskets. The fruit was first chilled to 35 degrees F before gentle, whole fruit pressing. After settling the cold juice over a period of several weeks, only the freshest heart-juice was fermented using one of Argyle’s proprietary yeasts. A judicious amount of barrel and malo-lactic fermentation was employed to help build creamier textures and mouth rewarding complexities.

96 Points
TOP 100 Wines of 2012 - #18

Wine Spectator
"The definition of finesse, with a succulent, complex mouthful of lemon peel, oatmeal and subtle pear and apple flavors that soar through the elegant finish. The fine bead creates an almost creamy feel. Has freshness and a sense of majesty. Drink now."
- Harvey Steiman (2002 vintage)
- November 2012

94 Points

Wine Advocate
"Like previous and future instances of this genre at this address, Argyle's 2002 Brut Extended Tirage represents the exact same cuvée as their 2002 Brut, except re-released after enjoying seven additional years sur latte. The effect is of enhanced complexity and sensuality I suspect most tasters will, like me, deem it worth paying slightly more than twice the price of the current vintage brut release. A smoky hint of lees autolysis along with hazelnut and walnut oil piquantly add to the apple, pear, quince, and liquid honeysuckle perfume familiar from younger disgorgements of Argyle Brut, with yeast, vanilla, frangipane and hints of caramel adding a delightful finishing nod in the direction of patisserie. Subtly creamy and infused with an at once caressingly and stimulatingly fine mousse, this retains more than enough primary juiciness to remain (profoundly) refreshing. The adeptly-judged dosage here is ten grams of residual sugar, unsurprisingly a bit less than that with which "the same" wine was outfitted for its maiden voyage. No doubt this can be followed with pleasure for several post-disgorgement years."
- David Schildknecht (2002 vintage)
- August 2012

93 Points

Wine Spectator
"Lithe and silky, elegant and refined, with subtle white pepper and spicy floral hints weaving through the grapefruit and pineapple flavors. Finishes with deft balance. Impressive for its length. Drink now."
- Harvey Steiman (2001 vintage)
- October 2011

93 Points

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"The 2001 Brut Extended Tirage is a blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, exactly the same wine released in 2004 but with a decade sur lie. The 2001 vintage provided plenty of natural acidity and it shows in this elegant effort. Light gold in color, it displays complex aromas and flavors along with an attractive minerality. Mouth-filling, creamy textured, and long, this pleasure-bent bubbly is meant for drinking over the next 3-4 years."
- Jay Miller (2001 vintage)
- October 2011

95 Points - "Highly Recommended"

Wine Spectator
"Refined and elegant, delivering beautifully intense layers of pear, caramel, spice and whole-grain toast that mingle seamlessly as the finish rolls on and on. The length is truly impressive, and the deftness of the balance makes this special."
- Harvey Steiman (2000 vintage)
- December 15, 2010

93 Points

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"The 2000 Extended Tirage is made up of 54% Chardonnay and 46% Pinot Noir. Light gold in color, it displays more complex aromas and flavors with an attractive minerality added to the mix. Mouth-filling, creamy textured, and long, this pleasure-bent bubbly is meant for drinking over the next 3-4 years."
- Jay Miller (2000 vintage)
- October 2010

95 Points - "Highly Recommended"

Wine Spectator
"Elegant, with very fine bubbles and complex spice, coffee, pear and toast aromas and flavors that are poised against lacy acidity and refined structure, letting the flavors sail on and on with finesse."
- Harvey Steiman (1999 vintage)
- December 15, 2009

95 Points - "Top 100 Wines of 2008 - #17"

Wine Spectator
"Haunting stuff, ethereal in texture, with amazingly delicate bubbles that carry wave after wave of rich toast, spice and baked apple flavors, persisting on the elegant finish. This one has harmony, intensity and refinement."
- Harvey Steiman (1998 vintage)
- October 8, 2008