Argyle Winery 2012 Artisan Series Brut Rosé, Willamette Valley, $50

By on July 25, 2016

argyle-winery-artisan-series-brut-rose-2012-bottleNate Klostermann in Dundee blends fruit from Knudsen Vineyard, at one point the largest planting in the Oregon wine industry, with 130-acre Spirit Hill in the Eola-Amity Hills – the biggest estate site for Argyle – for this splendid pink sparkling wine that gives no hint of its age. It’s a classic blend of Pinot Noir (75%), Pinot Meunier (15%) and Chardonnay, picked in late September at 19.5 Brix, and given just enough skin contact to create a light peach color. Aromas of dried strawberry, juicy cherry, watermelon and fresh-baked bread lead to bone-dry and bright bubbles. Red currant, cherry and rhubarb flavors are carried a long way by sweet herbs and dried strawberry. The food applications are virtually endless.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 2,025 cases

Alcohol: 12.5%

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