On June 4, Rollin Soles, winemaker at Argyle Winery in Dundee, Oregon, gave about forty Chicago area wine and restaurant pros a master class in the fine art of Pinot Noir. Mr. Soles has been making wine since 1987, and his been recognized as “Oregon’s premier winery” by Wine Spectator in 2000.
Pinot Noir is not always considered the most age-worthy of red wines, so it was a special treat to taste wine from as far back as the mid-nineties and observe which of them have blossomed if any have faded.
Mr. Soles and the Argyle team generously allowed me to take video of almost the entire presentation. You won’t be able to taste the wines (unless you have some stored already!), but you can get a detailed analysis of every vintage they brought to Chicago. I’ve broken the talk into several smaller videos which are embedded below:
In this first video, he describes his early wine career:
In this spot, he discusses the 2003 vintage:
And here, it’s all about 2002:
Here he describes the 2000 vintage and answers the burning question “Why Willamette?”:
More about Mother Nature and apples:
After the Pinot tasting, we were treated to a delicious spread of fruit and cheeses on the balcony of the Peninsula: