Fruit-focused Pinot Noir with concentrated, dark red cherry and raspberry flavors and a gentle touch of sweet, toasty oak. Black licorice, cherry bitters and garden thyme flavors kick in as the wine gets more savory in the second half (i.e. back palate and finish). I found the grip of tannins when first opened quickly softened and integrated with a few minutes of good breathing. For me the Argus Pinot Noir 2018 is equally good drinking on its own and with a meal. It rightfully deserves its “Hall of Fame Value” status.
The fruit comes mostly from Argus owner/winemaker Chris Dearden’s vineyard in southern Carneros (the coolest part of the AVA). Aged in 30% new French oak barrels for 15 months.
This is a DDWA “Hall of Fame Value.” See all my Hall of Fame and Awesome Value wines on my Best of the Best Value list.