In 1987, winemakers Brian Croser and Rollin Soles staked a claim in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, inhabiting an old hazelnut orchard that was the ideal terrior for late-season ripened Pinot Noir and Chardonnay fruit. Named Oregon’s Premier Winery in 2000 by Wine Spectator, Argyle Winery, WineBaskets.com’s Vineyard of the Month, has produced world-class methode champenoise sparkling wine, barrel-fermented Chardonnay and critically acclaimed Pinot Noir from low-yielding vines on its cool Dundee Hills slopes.
The winery is made up of three different vineyards: Knudsen, Lone Star, and Spirit Hill, each over 100 acres. The 120-acre Knudsen vineyard is located in the Dundee Hills and its high-elevation blocks are a key component to Argyle’s sparkling wines and Pinot Noir since 1987. These historic vines produce distinctive wines with ripe fruit flavors and earthy, spicy old vine character. The other, “younger” half of the vineyard features state-of-the-art viticulture: Old World clones planted in high density blocks on warm sites.
The 160-acre Lone Star vineyard is home to the majority of Argyle’s Pinot Noir vines and is regarded as one of Oregon’s best Pinot Noir vineyards. Lone Star Pinot is characterized by big, intense black fruit flavors supported by a firm tannic structure, suggesting wines that will age very well.
Their newest and largest vineyard, Spirit Hill, was purchased in 2007 and has 135 acres planted. This high-elevation site in the gusty Van Duzer corridor of the Eola Hills is also ideal for sparkling wine varietals. In the northwest corner of the vineyard, tucked away in the trees, is an old pioneer cemetery, from which has inspired the vineyard’s ghostly name. The blocks adjacent to the cemetery are the site’s warmest, being east facing and protected from the wind. It is here where that Argyle crafted the first ever Spirit Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir – the 2012 vintage.
While the production house itself lies in Newberg, Oregon, Argyle’s Tasting Room is in downtown Dundee, showcasing more than 4,000 bottles from their estimable collection of wines and sparkling wines, with vintages dating back to their founding in 1987. Beautifully designed using 100% recycled materials, the rustic tasting room is a wonderful place to relax and enjoy Argyle’s many varietals of sparkling wine and Pinot Noir.
If you ever find yourself touring Oregon’s Willamette Valley wine country, we at WineBaskets.com hope that you make sure to stop into Argyle’s contemporary tasting room and explore their critically acclaimed collection of lush Pinot Noirs and succulent sparklings. And if you can’t make it to the Pacific Northwest, we proudly carry Argyle’s Willamette Valley Pinot Noir in The Art of Tasting Red Wine – paired with a bottle of Apothic California Red inside a leather carrying case with a complete set of enduring wine tools.