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Argot Bastard Tongue Pinot Noir
Argot Wines
United States - California - Sonoma County

Inheriting an unbroken string of success, the “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 baker’s chocolate. A formidable rendition of “Bastard Tongue”, and a deserving successor to its line.

Specifications
Appellation
Sonoma County
Wine Type
Red
Varietal(s)
100% Pinot Noir
Age of vines
it is a blend of young vines and older vines.
Agricultural Practices
Sustainable
Soil type
grapes are grown on various soil types, each bringing some unique characteristic to the final wine.
Vinification
Night harvested by hand throughout September, cluster and berry sorted by hand, de-stemmed, no crushing. 7-day cold soaks, followed by native fermentation in open-top bins. Average time on the skins, 14 days. Aging 20 months in French oak, 100% new. Never racked prior to bottling. Bottled unfined, unfiltered.
Production
200 (9-liter cases)
Pairings

Very versatile. Goes well with grilled meat, vegetable, fish, poultry and cheese. 

Reviews and News

2019 Argot Pinot Noir Bastard Tongue - 94 PTS - JD

2019 Argot Pinot Noir Bastard Tongue - 94 PTS - JD

jeb dunnuck logo 250"Always a richer, more powerful Pinot, the 2019 Pinot Noir Bastard Tongue is no exception and gives up a medium ruby hue as well as a big nose of spiced red and black fruits, cola, forest floor, sassafras, and dried orange. Complex, medium to full-bodied, and textured, it has good acidity and balance, yet there's no reason to hold off, as it's drinking beautifully today.”

- Jeb Dunnuck (September 2021), 94 pts

2019 Argot Pinot Noir Bastard Tongue - 93 PTS - WS

2019 Argot Pinot Noir Bastard Tongue - 93 PTS - WS

wine spectator 93 pts"Rich, offering steeped and mulled cherry and plum fruit flavors wrapped with licorice and singed wood notes. The fruit holds sway on the finish where hints of wood spice and sweet toast permeate. For fans of the bigger style. Drink now through 2027. 305 cases made. - JM”

- Wine Spectator (Wine Spectator, May 2022 ), 93 pts

2018 Argot Pinot Noir Bastard Tongue - 95 PTS - JD

2018 Argot Pinot Noir Bastard Tongue - 95 PTS - JD

jeb dunnuck logo 250"A more limited production cuvée, the 2018 Pinot Noir Bastard Tongue is a big, ripe, sexy beast of a Pinot Noir delivering loads of black cherry and black raspberry fruit intermixed with plenty of spring flowers, sappy herb, and forest-like nuances. Full-bodied, it has a hedonistic, sweetly fruited style, ripe tannins, and a great finish. It doesn’t pull any punches yet stays balanced, textured, and a joy to drink. It should keep for 5-7 years or so.”

- Jeb Dunnuck, 95 pts

2018 Argot Pinot Noir Bastard Tongue - 92 PTS - WS

2018 Argot Pinot Noir Bastard Tongue - 92 PTS - WS

wine spectator 92 pts"Ripe and open-textured, with luscious acidity supporting the lively dark fruit and cooking spice flavors. Creamy midpalate, with chocolate and mocha notes on the finish. Drink now through 2024. - Kim MARKUS”

- Wine Spectator (Wine Spectator Insider), 92 pts

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