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2014 Argyle Spirit Hill Vineyard Chardonnay Blanc de Blancs

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April 21, 2024 - $31

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RATINGS

92Vinous / IWC

... Lively, spice-accented citrus and orchard fruits and succulent flowers on the nose, along with fennel and toasty lees accents that build as the wine opens up. Focused and lively on the palate, offering intense Meyer lemon, pear nectar and honeysuckle flavors underscored by a smoky mineral quality. Shows impressive energy and minerally lift on the finish, which hangs on with strong tenacity.

90Wine Spectator

Vibrant and fresh, with fresh lemon, wet stone and vanilla curd accents that finish on a steely note.

PRODUCER

Argyle

Argyle was established in 1987 when Brian Croser and Rollin Soles started making wine in the Willamette Valley. The partners started with the 120-acre Knudsen Vineyards in the hills of Dundee, where they focused on Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Argyle now also owns 160 acres in the Yamhill AVA, which is 15 miles south of the winery, as well as the Stoller and Spirit Hill Vineyards. Argyle produces Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling, and sparkling wines, which win special notice from reviewers. Robert M. Parker Jr. says that Argyle makes “some of the best sparkling wine made in the U.S.” The Pinot Noir also earns complimentary reviews.

REGION

United States, Oregon, Willamette Valley

Willamette Valley AVA was established in 1983, and it is the oldest appellation in Oregon. Oregon’s modern wine industry began in the Willamette Valley in the 1960s when artists, vagabond winemakers, and U.C. Davis oenology graduates looking for new territory started their own, small, off-the-grid wineries. The appellation is the state’s largest, and it extends 175 miles from Columbia River on the Washington/Oregon border to just south of Eugene, near central Oregon. The Willamette River runs through the area, helping to give the appellation a mild year-round climate. There are six smaller sub-appellations within this AVA, but altogether the Willamette Valley has the largest concentration of wineries in Oregon, as well as the majority of the state’s most famous producers. Pinot Noir is king here, followed by Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Riesling. To most admirers of Oregon Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley offers the most distinctive wine choices in the state.