Burgundy, Central Otago and Mornington Peninsula, all have one thing in common, they all craft amazing examples of Pinot Noir. Well you can now add one more to the list, Oregon. Yes it’s rare we see many American wines on these shores but we are glad we found this one, as it’s one of the best wines to come out of the Argyle Vineyards. This is the pinnacle of Pinot, with ripe cherry notes and enticing aromas of baking spices. It tastes of earth and forest berries while spicy oak and silky tannins add texture and interest. It’s persistent and elegant and will last well in the cellar but we can’t keep our hands off it.
We leaned heavily on our lower elevation fruit in 2011 to isolate our most flavor-rich blocks of Pinot noir. Being our lowest elevation piece of land, Lone Star Vineyard drives this year’s Reserve Pinot, making up 70% of the blend. As such, the wine leans to the darker end of the spectrum with dark cherry, black tea, and blackberry lily. An Argyle prestige pinot first, this Reserve blend also contains 10% Spirit Hill Vineyard fruit, which is just down the road from Lone Star in the Eola-Amity Hills AVA. Higher elevation, north facing and windy, Spirit Hill provides firm structure and density. The final 20% is from Knudsen Vineyard, lending elegance and an underlying red fruit purity. The juicy middle is accented with poised tannins, leading into the long, refined finish.