Northwest winemakers remember the 2011 growing season as the last of the cool vintages, with some record keepers ranking it as the coldest growing season since 1954 as Argyle reported bringing in some of grapes into the cellar in early November. Of the dozen sparkling wines Nate Klostermann producers each year, half of those bottlings end up in Argyle’s extended tirage program, meaning the bubbles are aged on the lees in bottle. The Wisconsin native disgorged them in June 2021 — a decade later — and the Master Series blend of Pinot Noir (60%) and Chardonay matches the expectations. Think of fresh-baked dinner rolls and pear butter while still allowing for nice minerality and starfruit. Mouth-filling mousse makes for a long and bright drink of white peach and Asian pear with a finish of lemon zest and orange oil.
Rating: Outstanding! — 93 points
Production: 1,530 cases