Argot Wines
Much as the luxury Estates and Wineries of California are continuing to take to world by storm, the independent, artisan scene is thriving like never before. Undiscovered vineyards are being explored by a young generation of winemakers, and one of our favourite producers from this new-wave is Justin Harmon with his Argot Wines label. The wines have built a dedicated following in California, and the word is spreading quickly in the UK!

Story
Justin Harmon is a self-taught winemaker who first experimented in his 20s at his Chicago home, using a home kit and flash-frozen grapes brought in by train from Napa! He then moved to California for his first harvest work in 2005, tutored by none other than Russell Bevan. The following year brought him back to California to participate in Sonoma County’s 2006 harvest as a full-fledged cellar hand. A second turn as cellar hand, during 2007’s harvest, afforded an opportunity to ferment and raise the single ton of Syrah grapes upon which Argot was founded. In 2008, he launched his first release of Argot Wines and has since become an expert in the Mountainside vineyards of Sonoma and Napa.
Vineyards
Justin sources his fruit from a line-up of magificent vineyards ether side of the Mayacamas Mountains. On the Sonoma side, the cool-climates of Sonoma Mountain and Bennet Valley form the core for his Pinots, Syrah, and Chardonnays, including the bracing Sympatico Ranch Vineyard for the latter. In Napa, the two high altitude sites are the famed Sugarloaf Moutain Vineyard in the far south of the Valley, and picturesque Sage Ridge Vineyard overlooking Pritchard Hill and Lake Hennessy. The newest addition is a site on the Valley Floor in eastern Oakville, which is the source for his 1555 Cabernet Sauvignon.
Winemaking
For the Chardonnays, Justin typically ages the wines for around 16 months is a mixture of 60% and 30%used/old French oak. His reds are usually aged for around 20 months, with the Pinot seeing around 60% new French oak, and 100% new for the Cabernets. Production levels are as low as 125 cases.

Latest arrivals from Argot Wines

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2021 Argot, Le Rayon-Vert Chardonnay, Sonoma Mountain 1x75cl

WI96
Blend: 100% Chardonnay Vintage production: 130 cases Argot winemaker and founder Justin Harmon is one of THE names to follow in Northern California, and this latest release shows just why. Rich,... lifted aromatics, so much purity, bags on tension, intensity minerality, laser-like precision... it is phenomenal. All Justin's wines are small-scale artisanal productions - for the La Rayon-Vert he uses fruit from the exceptional Steiner and Richard Dinner Vineyards on Sonoma Mountain. This is a terroir that brings impressive depth while retaining dazzling verve and acidity.
£64 / BottleDuty Status: In Bond ⋅ Price incl. of Duty & VAT: £80.00 / BottleAvailability: Immediate ⋅ ETA to UK address: 2-4 days

2021 Argot, Cuvée Leo Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford 1x75cl

WI96+
Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon Vintage production: 125 cases The 'Rutherford Bench' - home to the greatest Cabernets of Napa's oldest AVA. This raised terroir runs north to south along the western... portion of Rutherford, and is home to the biggest names including Scarecrow, Dana Estates, Inglenook, Greer, Staglin, and Whitehall Lane's Millennium Vineyard. Cuvée Leo, named after Justin and Beth's son, marks the debut release of this most classic and refined of Cabernets, full of Rutherford expression and a must-have for Napa fans.
£122 / BottleDuty Status: In Bond ⋅ Price incl. of Duty & VAT: £149.60 / BottleAvailability: Future ArrivalPlease contact us to know more

2021 Argot, Bonny’s Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville 1x75cl

WI97
Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon Vintage production: 150 cases Located at the northern border of the Oakville AVA, Bonny's Vineyard has been revered as a National Treasure since the 1970s. It's owned... by the Meyers Family and named after matriarch Bonny Myers, who was one of the founders of Silver Oak in 1972. The family grant access to a tiny handful of artisan winemakers with the caveat they can't name the vineyard of the bottle. Justin's growing reputation saw him offered a parcel of fruit in 2019, and upon tasting this first vintage Bonny declared it so good all future vintages should proudly declare the vineyard designation. Argot's 2021 is the first to do so, and represents not just an important moment in time, but a gorgeous expression of the gravelly, alluvial soils in this part of Oakville.
£122 / BottleDuty Status: In Bond ⋅ Price incl. of Duty & VAT: £149.60 / BottleAvailability: Future ArrivalPlease contact us to know more

2021 Argot, Sage Ridge Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 1x75cl

WI97
Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon Vintage production: 75 cases The Sage Ridge Vineyard is in the glitzy 'Pritchard Hill' area, facing Chappellet and Colgin Cellars across the edges of Lake Hennessey in... the Vaca Mountains. The soil's story endures with the uplifting of ancient shallow seabeds, plate tectonics, and glaciation that continues over millennia with the erosion and transportation of old metamorphic rock created under intense heat and pressure. The signature characteristics of the Cabernets produced here are a delectably pure fruit character delivered with finesse, and aromatically lifted by an unmistakable mix of wildflowers and savoury herbs.
£122 / BottleDuty Status: In Bond ⋅ Price incl. of Duty & VAT: £149.60 / BottleAvailability: Future ArrivalPlease contact us to know more