2015 Argyle Brut rosé

2015 Argyle Brut rosé sparkling wine

Eola-Amity Hills,
Willamette Valley,
Oregon

12.5% alcohol

Cork and cage closure

LIVE-certified winery

2198 cases produced

Harvested on September 27 from the Spirit Hill Vineyard, named for the old pioneer cemetery on the edge of the property, this wine contains 55% Pinot Noir, 5% Pinot Meunier, 40% Chardonnay. Just a smidge (5%) was allowed to go through malolactic fermentation, offering additional texture to this bright, mineral-driven sparkling wine. It was made using the Méthode champenoise (pronounced meh·thuhd sham·pən·wah) so a second fermentation occurred in the bottle, creating oh so many lovely, delicate bubbles.

Color:

Salmon pink

Bouquet and palate:

First off, let me tell you this sparkling wine really lived up to its name… it had many delicate bubbles that delighted my tongue with each and every sip. Red fruits of bing and Rainier cherries, plus underripe red plums married well with mineral notes of fine gravel dust. The persistent bubbles carried along tart citrus flavors of lemon and tangerine zest, all culminating in a delightfully balanced, acid-driven sparkling rosé.

Food pairing suggestions:

Truffle popcorn! Or popcorn topped with lemon zest and freshly grated parmesan cheese! Seriously, sparkling wine pairs well with just about any kind of food so get creative!

SRP $50

www.argylewinery.com

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