Overview of the Wine
'Argot' refers to a shared language, borne from, and reinforcing the intimacy associated with tight-knit groups, whom are brought together by their common interests and shared histories:
"Each significant relationship in life gives rise to an 'argot' among the members who define it. The deeper the bond, and longer its history, this argot’s vocabulary becomes more personal, allowing it to strengthen and enhance the dynamic. When opening a bottle of wine, so too is opened the flow of conversation and ability to connect. Throughout human history wine has been used for worship, celebration, mourning and, more simply, sharing life. The wine brand Argot honors the beautiful symmetry and complementary nature that wine and communication hold. Round up a friend, pull a cork, splash a glass, and enjoy."
Argot was created by winemaker Justin Harmon in 2007. Justin fell in love with wine as a consumer, and his education in chemical engineering drew him into the winemaking process. He began experimenting in his parent's Chicago basement, using a kit and then flash-frozen grapes brought in by rail car from Napa, then moved to California for his first harvest work in 2005. After harvest internships in 2006 & 2007, Justin bought his first ton of grapes & began the Argot project.
Argot is dedicated to crafting small lots from Sonoma County at the highest quality level. Annual production is small at 2,500 9-liter cases.
Sustainably farmed. Sourced from both high-elevation and valley floor vineyards, located in the cool climate AVAs of Sonoma Mountain, Bennett Valley and Petaluma Gap.
Grape / Blend
100% Pinot Noir
Sonoma County, California
Winemaker's Tasting Notes
An especially rainy Spring slowed the onset of 2019’s growing season. This late start had the vines playing catch-up throughout the relatively warm summer months. As harvest neared, Mother Nature delivered a series of sustained heat-spikes, immediately followed by significant cooling. These dramatic swings played perfectly into our hands, allowing the opportunity to patiently wait while the vines ripened their fruit to significant flavor accumulation, while remaining balanced and fresh. The resulting wine is rich, dark and opulent, with a deeply fruited palate, invigorating freshness and beautifully ripe tannins.
92 Points - Wine Spectator
An elegant style, with fine-grained flavors of dark cherry and plum paste that are backed by medium-grained tannins. The juicy and cream-filled finish shows chocolaty richness. Drink now through 2025.
Product size: 750ml