2019 FALL RELEASE
2017 “BASTARD TONGUE” | PINOT NOIR
Inheriting an unbroken string of success — dating back to 2011 — the 2017 “Bastard Tongue” arrives fully-formed and ready to impress. Always a blend from multiple Pinot Noir vineyards, this iteration of “BT” was selected from three distinct sites, each making their own unique contribution of Sonoma County terroir to the wine’s character. Exploding forth on a tidal wave of high-toned, intense red and black fruits, this is a Pinot Noir that no stemware can contain. The palate’s profound depth is balanced by an inherent freshness, allowing the wine to crackle with brambly energy, while sustained by bass notes of underbrush, black tea, pie spice and bakers chocolate. A formidable rendition of “Bastard Tongue”, and deserving successor to its line.
2017 SAGE RIDGE VINEYARD | CABERNET SAUVIGNON
New wine, beautiful new label. The reveal will be yours upon delivery. In a world of perpetual, immediate access to all things, we welcomed this opportunity for surprise and anticipation. Cheers!
A seminal moment. The fulcrum upon which Argot’s Cabernet Sauvignon portfolio is now tipping. The search for a terroir like Sage Ridge Vineyard has been years in the making. 2017’s Sage Ridge is an absolute WOW! wine. A Cabernet Sauvignon with no precedent across Argot’s history, from a site that possesses unlimited potential moving forward. Saturated red and black fruits of astounding purity, velvety-plush tannins, satin textures of ethereal elegance, and an effortless caress that glides across the palate, providing endless temptation to return for more. Luxury like only Napa Valley can deliver. As sexy a Cabernet Sauvignon as Argot has put under cork.
2017 “STARSTRUCK” | CABERNET SAUVIGNON
Starstruck elevated. A completely different beast than previous vintages, 2017 delivers an exceptional, profound, full-throttle rendition of this bottling. A wine for those Napa Cabernet lovers whom enough is never enough. Rambunctiously dark, deep and impenetrable in the glass, swirling reveals an ever-evolving, distinctly masculine perfume — black fruits, licorice, wet rocks, cigar leaf and graphite. The palate’s massive structure towers towards the heavens, delivering an exotic mix of Napa Valley mountain terroir — black fruits, dark-citrus, black earth, bouquet-garni, pine-forest and cedarwood — powerful energy, and haunting persistence. Quintessentially intense, coating and saturated. If there is a light at the end of this tunnel, it will never go out.
2016 “BORROWED JEWELS” | CABERNET SAUVIGNON
SUGARLOAF VINEYARD, NAPA VALLEY
92 points, Jeb Dunnuck
Perched high atop Napa Valley’s southeastern corner, the aesthetics are simply breathtaking, but the magnificent terroir, is what has reinforced my bond with block 6 at Sugarloaf, since 2012. Facing northwest, on a furiously steep, rock-riddled hillside, the tenacity required for these vines to flourish defines 2016’s “Borrowed Jewels”. A deeply powerful wine, that has demanded attention from word go. Black and red currants dominate the refined palate, while a bright boysenberry accent rounds out the base. Eucalyptus notes echo on the edge, while notes of gingerbread, dark chocolate and espresso beans provide complexity. A classically-styled Cabernet Sauvignon, that will evolve beautifully in the cellar for years to come.
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2016 ESTATE CHARDONNAY
92 points, Wine Spectator
As is its tradition, this wine remains drenched in flint and stone-fruits, while slathered in rich textures and vibrant acidity. The 2016 vintage asserted itself with a beautiful high tone that floats over this wine, lifting its every moment, and narrating a classic, top-flight California Chardonnay. Our Mersault-inspired winemaking approach is carried out to great effect, striking a stunning balance between intensity of fruit, and liveliness on the palate.
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2015 ESTATE SYRAH
98+ points, Jeb Dunnuck
The Estate Vineyard’s terroir produces a Syrah that deftly balances the yin-yang nature of the Northern Rhone’s noble red grape — a beguiling depth of fruit, with crystalline purity of flavor. Dense textures, balanced on an elegance of white flowers and Eucalyptus, brightening all 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. I believe this is the greatest expression of Syrah Sonoma County has to offer, and have a hunch you will agree.
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2016 ESTATE PINOT NOIR
94 points, Wine Spectator
Tending towards the darker side of Pinot Noir with brambly black and red fruits, clove and spruce tips. Each vintage, 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. In their 7th growing season, these vines delivered a new layer of complexity. In addition to the deep, intense flavors and textures noted in prior vintages, 2016 produced an intense highly, floral tone from this terroir, that affords this wine to absolutely SING like never before. A magnificent, ever-evolving expression of what Pinot Noir is capable of on the slopes of Sonoma Mountain, that will evolve in the cellar for years to come.