Argyle Winery is probably best known for their sparkling wine, but they also have some excellent chardonnay. Guests pass through an Alice in Wonderland-esque entrance before reaching the charming white building that holds the tasting room. The landscaping is superbly done, allowing you to forget for a moment that you are in the middle of a city, with traffic just a few feet away. After passing through the brick road surrounded with flowers, you are transported away from the traffic and can focus on the wine.
My friend and I did the clubhouse flight of two sparklings (the rose was delicious) a Chardonnay and a Pinot noir. We also got a bonus pour of their black brut, a sparkling Pinot noir. All of their wines were great, but my favorite had to be the 2011 Nuthouse Chardonnay with it’s hazelnut notes and soft mouth feel. Their nuthouse line of wines are probably my favorite; the woman pouring for us said that all the nuthouse wines have some hazelnut notes. It’s never overpowering, but it makes for an interesting and enjoyable wine. They have a nice diversity in their selection. I will have to go back soon to try their other flights, which consisted of a bubbly flight and a Pinot noir flight.
Visit their tasting room from 11 to 5 p.m. at 691 Highway 99W, Dundee, OR 97115.