Part of its Grower Series, this methode Champenoise by Argyle winemaker Nate Klostermann continues to set the standard for Northwest sparkling wine in terms of its style, scale and execution. It’s a blend of Chardonnay (55%), Pinot Noir (30%) and Pinot Meunier from two sites — nearby Knudsen Vineyard in the Dundee Hills and Argyle’s estate Spirit Hill Vineyard in the cooler Eola-Amity Hills. The voluptuous bubbles release an early sense of the Chardonnay with the stone fruit, lemony and baked bread approach. Those notes are joined by light cherry as there’s a teasingly light sweetness for your chase toward the finish of minerality and acidity that’s beveled by a slice of dried apricot.
Rating: Outstanding! – 94 points
Production: 28,900 cases