Name: Argyle Pinot Noir Reserve
Country: United States
Region: Willamette Valley
Producer: Argyle Winery
Varietal: Pinot Noir
"Argyle Pinot Noir is honest and unmingled. The 2012 vintage for Pinot Noir made itself. Fermented in small lots, and blended for purity, this year's blend croons of ripe, red raspberry, morello cherry and a hint of backwoods spice. No other word can describe the palate but lush. Gentle, slightly firm tannin beneath, the acid sings true and long. Enjoy early, or sit on it a few years for enhanced nuance."
Wine Spectator Review: 92 points
"A crisp and tangy red, with inviting red berry, red plum and quince flavors on a lively frame, finishing against fine tannins with intensity, persistence and harmony. Best from 2016 through 2022. 7,000 cases made."
Wine Enthusiast Review: 89 points
Aged in French oak for 16 months, this soft and supple Pinot is ready for immediate enjoyment. The fruit leans toward raspberry and Bing cherry, with subtle streaks of tea, chocolate and a finishing kick of heat. The balance and texture suggest that it can be cellared for a few more years."
The Wine Advocate Review:
The 2012 Pinot Noir Reserve is a blend of five vineyards that includes a newer planting of Spirithill and sees 30% new oak. It has a light, almost conservative bouquet with raspberry, crushed strawberry and undergrowth scents, perhaps a little too straitlaced for my preference. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp tannin and good acidity, but it is missing some grace and finesse toward the finish that feels a tad clumsy compared to its peers."