2015 ESTATE CHARDONNAY
Wine Advocate 94+ points
Drenched in flint and stone-fruits, with rich textures and vibrant acidity, this is classic, top-flight California Chardonnay. An embarrassment of riches that other Chardonnay-producing regions look towards with envy. Each vintage, we lovingly farm the living daylights out of this one-acre block of vines to exact the richest, most profound Chardonnay grapes possible from the terroir. In the winery, a Meursault-inspired winemaking approach is carried out to great effect, striking a stunning balance between intensity of fruit, and liveliness on the palate.
2015 ESTATE PINOT NOIR
Wine Advocate 94+ pointsWine Spectator 93 points
Tending towards the darker side of Pinot Noir with brambly black and red fruits, clove and spruce tips. Somehow, this wine presents density, darkness, elegance and lift, all in concert with one another. Textures are rounded out by rich spice notes of mocha, vanilla and cinnamon. True to 2015, this is a deep and intense wine that shows the pedigree of both its terroir and vintage. This will evolve in the cellar for years to come. A magnificent expression of what Pinot Noir is capable of on the slopes of Sonoma Mountain!
2014 ESTATE SYRAH
Wine Advocate 93+ points
A wine of both great massivity, and stunning elegance. The Estate Vineyard’s terroir produces a Syrah that deftly balances the yin-yang nature of the Northern Rhone’s noble red grape. Ferocious depth of fruit, while retaining great purity of flavor. Dense textures, while finding an elegance of white flowers and Eucalyptus to brighten its corners. A contemplative wine, while also being an immense delight to enjoy. Our favorite wine experiences have often occurred at the expense of Syrah-based cuveés. It is these wines which provide the inspiration behind this bottling each vintage. We believe this is the greatest expression of Syrah Sonoma County has to offer. We have a hunch you will agree.
CURRENT RELEASE WINES
2015 SIMPATICO RANCH CHARDONNAY
Wine Advocate 95+ points
From old-vines. A-glow with an eye-catching, chartreuse halo; from first pour it is apparent that this is a special Chardonnay. Powerful aromas of key-lime, white flowers, orange blossoms and a fierce, flinty, sauvage note define a wildly complex nose. Once in the mouth, gracefully pronounced textures coat the palate delivering an exotic interpretation of cool-climate Chardonnay character — lime peel, orange blossom, ginger and clove —lingerings deep into a vibrant finish.
2015 “BASTARD TONGUE” PINOT NOIR
Wine Advocate 95+ points
Argot’s pop-star. A Pinot Noir of exuberant personality and freshness. The 2015 Bastard Tongue bursts forth from the glass, presenting a juicy red fruit character of strawberry preserves and Bing cherries. While the palate defines itself with bright, high-toned fruit character; rich, loamy bass notes provide an anchor, delivering an unmistakable, joyful representation of Sonoma County Pinot Noir.
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2015 “STARSTRUCK” CABERNET SAUVIGNON
Napa exuberance, shone through the prism of Bordeaux-like finesse. Exactingly delineated aromas and flavors of blackberry, black currant, menthol and chestnut-tanned leather, all delivered by rich, old-world-like textures, that gives Starstruck a fabulous sensitivity to pairing with food.
2015 “BORROWED JEWELS” CABERNET SAUVIGNON
SUGARLOAF VINEYARD, NAPA VALLEY
Our first barrel select Cabernet Sauvignon. Superiorly luxurious textures are the hallmark of 2015’s Borrowed Jewels. Gorgeous fruit notes of red licorice, black cherry and red currant provide the base, while a towering amalgam of gingerbread spice, espresso roast, a-hint-of-menthol and milk chocolate add complexity. Flavors flow across the palate on a bed of silky tannins, delivering a wine of great length and might. Argot’s greatest Cabernet Sauvignon to date.