Argyle Pinot Noir Spirithouse $39.99?

Argyle Winery, Dundee, Oregon

Argyle Winery, Dundee, Oregon (Photo credit: PnP!)

 We often complain about the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board that regulates alcohol sales here but there are times when they get it right.  I have to say the Chairman Selection offering of 2007 Argyle Pinot Noir Spirithouse for $39.99 (a savings of $ 35.01 from its quoted price of $75 ) is one of those times.  This Oregon Pinot Noir was produced by the Knudson Vineyard in the Dundee Hills AVA of the Williamette Valley.  It is currently listed as Sold Out by the winery but that should be no surprise after Wine Advocate rated it 93 pts and Wine Spectator gave it a 90 pt rating in 2009 which means it has only gotten better since then.  Spirithouse exhibits plenty of ripe fruit flavors especially raspberry and red cherry and just enough tannins with a smooth textured finished.  This is a very good quality Pinot Noir that has more than sufficient acidity and the hint of pepper that is the signature of a good Pinot.  I will tip my hat to the PLCB on this one and say  “Job well done”.   PLCB Code 32593

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Wine lover from Western Pennsylvania that wants to tell everyone how far the winemakers here have come and what they are doing now.
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2 Responses to Argyle Pinot Noir Spirithouse $39.99?

  1. Great assessment of the 2007 Spirithouse! I still have some of the ’05 and ’06 and they are both holding up very, very well. The quoted price of $75 is certainly elevated–the wine goes for $60 at the winery. Might have to go and get some of the ’07 based on your assessment, though!

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