Argyle Winery 2011 Conducere, Dundee Hills, $60

By on January 1, 2016

argyle-winery-conducere-2011-bottleOregon’s most important sparkling wine house has released two vintage bubble projects from its Artisan Series as part of the historically cool 2011 growing season. That year, the Dundee winery held off on picking Chardonnay from both Stoller Vineyard (67%) and Knudsen Vineyard until the last week of October. Its extended barrel aging creates a fanciful nose that brings hints of Big Hunk candy bar, Gala apple, apricot, dried strawberry, butterscotch and candied ginger. Inside, it immediately displays the bone-dry dosage by carrying brisk flavors of fresh-cut lemon and baked Asian pear. The rich mousse offers solid roundness as the finish of minerality and persistent acidity also hints of salinity. Enjoy with oysters, shellfish or smoked turkey.

Rating: Recommended

Production: 425 cases

Alcohol: 12.5%

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Articles authored by Great Northwest Wine are co-authored by Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.

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