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Vis produktside for: Argyle Winery Blanc de Blancs Knudsen Vineyard 2009 0,75
Argyle Winery Blanc de Blancs Knudsen Vineyard 2009 0,75

DKK 399,00
92P af Winespectator
Winespectator 92P

“Bright and refreshing, with lemon curd, pineapple and gentle spice flavors wound around a lively core of green apple and crème fraîche notes, persisting against refined acidity.  

Balance can invariably be found in the sparkling winemaking process, even in the warmer growing seasons such as 2009. Being Pinot Noir dominate, Knudsen Vineyard Brut has always been on the lusher end of the sparkling spectrum. The trick is to find the mineral backbone to carry it. As such, we made a few adjustments in our winemaking and blending to find that balance in 2009. To start with, the percentage of Pinot Noir is down to 75% and the Chardonnay is up to 25% from our traditional 80/20 split. Though 5% may seem like a small number, it's amazing what a little extra chardonnay can do for the wine's edginess. We also adjusted our fermentation regime, as the cuvée was fermented in 50% neutral oak and 50% stainless steel. The stainless component retains a freshness and vivacity, while the neutral oak barrels allow for rich, creamy texture. Violaceous, candied ginger, Jamaican allspice, and plum. Paying tribute to John Coltrane, this all leads to "rising harmonies to a level of blissful stability...” Enjoy.
2009 was all about farming to balance Mother Nature’s surprises. Argyle’s farming culture got the crop level right on. We stripped leaves after the burning sun of August and in time for the Labor Day rains. We also believed September’s drying East wind forecast and put a security of water onto the vines to help them ride out the drying, late season heat with a maximum of ripening—which is the name of the game here in the Willamette Valley. Picking was unusually “segmented” this year. Usually we can say that every 200’ rise in elevation can mean 10 days difference in ripening and thus picking. But, in 2009 Argyle picked high and low elevation fruit at the same time! We picked all the sparkling fruit, then rested for a couple of days, then all the Chardonnay for still wine, rested another few days, then all the red came in. The resulting wines are gorgeous, perky, and sexy. I don’t know that I have seen a more sensuous expression of flavour and aromas in Argyle’s 26 years of Willamette Valley winemaking. 

Vis produktside for: Argyle Winery Vintage Brut 2010 0,75
Argyle Winery Vintage Brut 2010 0,75

DKK 199,00
DKK 249,00
90P af Winespectator
Winespectator 90P
“Light, crisp and expressive, with a prickly fizz underscoring the lively pear and citrus flavors, finishing long, with a light toasty note.

The balance and integrity of the 2010 growing season is striking, especially when viewed through the prism of our 2010 Vintage Brut. Lemon peel, strawberry pith, fresh ciabatta dough. The center is downreaching and creamy.
In the background, a faint, brine accent persists, remnant of freshly shucked Kumumoto oysters. Energetic acidity
and length, there is a satisfying resolution about this cuvée, inspiring one to reach for another glass of the fizz!

The growing season started out unusually cool, delaying grape flowering until well into July. Poor pollination produced smaller than average clusters. Even then we were compelled to further thin our crop, removing grape clusters to get the yields well below average. There was just not enough growing season left to ripen a normal crop.
A season saving string of 80+ degree days at the end of September gave us all hope of ripening and put life back into our plans to make red wine. A bit of warm, soaking rain in early October sent us into further removing leaves and working to keep fruit healthy. Mid October brought an great, dry forecast and harvest began with a bang to beat predicted October 23rd rains. Red wine was harvested with gusto beginning the 17th and we wrapped up harvest the 21st October. Keys to our success were, small crop, healthy fruit, and patience to wait until the very end of the season to pick.


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