Argyle Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

Argyle Pinot Noir is an honest representation of the Willamette Valley. Fermented entirely in small lots, and blended for purity, 2013 toes the line between red and dark cherry, while offering spicy forest floor and hints of black tea. The palate is lively and graceful, building density and focus as the silky tannins build into the long, energetic finish.

Wine Production Stats

Varietals: 100% Pinot Noir
AVA: Willamette Valley
Alcohol: 13.0%
Brix at Harvest: 22-23
Cases Produced: 35,000
Winemaker: Nate Klostermann & Rollin Soles

2013 Harvest Notes

The majority of the 2013 growing season was pretty normal in terms of weather, much like 2012, when La Niña faded and customary conditions returned. Bud break and bloom timing were on the mark, indicating an early October Pinot Noir harvest. Towards the end of September, just after our sparkling harvest, the forecast seemed more ominous and hardly believable. Argyle’s experience and maturity paid big dividends against such a backdrop.

As the certainty of the forecast increased, we went to the whip at low elevations, particularly our Lone Star Vineyard. After the initial blitzkrieg, we hunkered down and received 6 inches of rain in a weekend. We caught our breath and waited, almost a full week. Following the rain there was another flurry of action, as we went to work dropping any compromised fruit. Yields were certainly diminished but as the end of September blew over, we were blessed with a dry, sunny October. This late-game break in the weather allowed our high elevation grapes to dry out and ripen into a small, but gorgeous crop.

90 Points

Wine Spectator
"Lithe, with a nice transparency to the polished texture and the tea leaf-accented cherry and herb flavors, sliding easily into a graceful finish."
- Harvey Steiman (2012 vintage)
- 28 February 2014

90 Points - Smart Buy

Wine Spectator
"Light in color and texture, this Pinot displays pretty watermelon and cherry flavors that ride smoothly over velvety tannins, hinting at mint as this lingers enticingly. Drink now through 2016."
- Harvey Steiman (2010 vintage)
- July 2012

89 Points

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"Argyle’s Pinot Noirs begin with the 2009 Pinot Noir Willamette Valley. It is a savory, straightforward effort with ripe flavors, a supple texture, a sense of elegance, and moderate length. Drink it over the next 5-6 years."
- Jay Miller (2009 vintage)
- October 2011

89 Points

Wine Spectator
"This silky red shows pretty strawberry fruit, with a hint of licorice lurking in the background, persisting nicely. Finishes with finesse. Drink now through 2015."
- Harvey Steiman (2009 vintage)
- June 2011

90 Points

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"The 2008 Pinot Noir Willamette Valley, medium ruby red, it gives up an enticing nose of cedar, spice box, rose petals, cherry, and raspberry. This is followed by a medium-bodied, ripe, vibrant offering with ample spicy fruit flavors, good volume and intensity, and a medium-long finish. Drink it over the next 4-6 years."
- Jay Miller (2008 vintage)
- October 2010

90 Points

Wine Spectator
"Light and easygoing, with a real transparency to its pretty cherry, currant and guava flavors, mingling effectively with cream and delicate spice notes. This just doesn't quit on the finish. Drink now through 2015."
- Harvey Steiman (2008 vintage)
- October 2010