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July 20, 2023
Unashamedly rich and opulent, Justin Harmon’s wines are also layered, beautifully nuanced, and weave in a myriad of earth and savory accents to tame all that decadent fruit. These come highly recommended.
May 15, 2023
Tasting Highlights – ‘8 Stunning Sonoma Chardonnays’
Bennett Valley is a prime source of Chardonnay for Argot, who has made one of this selection’s top-scoring whites. Bennett Valley’s inland setting is a cool region influenced by the Petaluma Gap with an extended growing season, which allows Chardonnay grapes to fully develop their flavors while retaining vibrant natural acidity. This is on display in Argot’s 2020 bottling, which is rich and fragrant with floral notes and focused, mouthwatering acidity.
January 31, 2019
2016 Pinot Noir Bastard Tongue, Sonoma County – ‘Deep, rich, layered, fabulous complexity, a hedonistic texture, and impeccable balance. A rock star of a Sonoma County Pinot Noir‘
2015 Syrah, Sonoma Mountain – ‘…reminds me of a Syrah Manfred Krankl might make from a mountain terroir. I’d put this up with the finest Syrahs in the world. If you haven’t heard of Justin Harmon, you should write that name down. Bravo, sir.‘
July 20, 2023
97 pts – 2019 Babel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
97 pts – 2019 Chardonnay, Simpatico Ranch, Bennett Valley
97 pts – 2021 Bastard Tongue Pinot Noir, Sonoma County
96 pts – 2021 Le Rayon-Vert, Chardonnay, Sonoma Mountain
96 pts – 2020 Le Rayon-Vert, Chardonnay, Sonoma Mountain
96 pts – 2020 Indigo, Syrah, Sonoma Mountain
95 pts – 2021 Pinot Noir, Kanzler Vineyard, Russian River Valley
95 pts – 2020 Syrah, Sonoma Mountain
95 pts – 2020 Chardonnay, Bennett Valley
95 pts – 2021 Chardonnay, Bennett Valley
June 7, 2023
Argot – Kanzler Vineyard Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley 2021
94 points | $105 | 225 cases made
Alluring, with a mix of gently mulled red and black cherry and mulberry fruit melding steadily with black tea, singed wood spice, chaparral and savory notes as this moves along, all while maintaining definition and understated energy. Drink now through 2029. 225 cases made.
March 23, 2023
97 pts – 2019 Le Rayon-Vert, Chardonnay, Sonoma Mountain
96+ pts – 2019 1555 Oakville, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
96 pts – 2019 Chardonnay, Simpatico Ranch, Bennett Valley
96 pts – 2020 Bastard Tongue Pinot Noir, Sonoma County
95 pts – 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
95 pts – 2019 Chardonnay, Bennett Valley
January 7, 2023
2020 Syrah Sonoma Mountain
92 points| $60 | 150 cases made
Reveals a rich texture wrapped around a core of lively acidity and tannins, with deep blackberry and blueberry flavors laced with stony minerality and savory meat. Drink now through 2030.
December 21, 2022
Top Values In 2019 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
#69 – 2019 Argot Wines Cabernet Sauvignon Starstruck
The 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Starstruck has a classic Napa Valley Cabernet nose of crème de cassis, violets, lead pencil, and flowery incense. This carries to a medium-bodied, supple, nicely textured Cabernet with moderate tannins, terrific overall balance, and a great finish. It’s ready to go and should keep for 10-12 years or more.