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

2020 Argot, Bastard Tongue Pinot Noir, Sonoma County 12x75cl

WI96
Blend: 100% Pinot Noir Vintage Production: 200 cases The Bastard Tongue Pinot Noir is a barrel selection of the top parcels of Sonoma Pinot Noir from Argot's single-vineyard portfolio. The fruit is... sourced from cool-climate sites that Justin has worked with for the past decade. Each one was chosen for its distinct soils and expression of Sonoma County's terroir. The 2020 spent 22 months in 100% new French oak.
£855 / Case£71.25 / BottleDuty Status: In Bond ⋅ Price incl. of Duty & VAT: £1,073.09 / Case, £89.42 / BottleAvailability: Immediate ⋅ ETA to UK address: 2-4 days

2019 Argot, Le Rayon-Vert Chardonnay, Sonoma Mountain 1x75cl

WI97
Blend: 100% Chardonnay Vintage production: 250 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. Only 250 cases were made - all Justin's wines are small-scale artisanal productions - using 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.
£65 / BottleDuty Status: In Bond ⋅ Price incl. of Duty & VAT: £81.20 / BottleAvailability: Immediate ⋅ ETA to UK address: 2-4 days

2021 Argot, Bastard Tongue Pinot Noir, Sonoma County 12x75cl

WI97
Blend: 100% Pinot Noir Vintage production: 500 cases The Bastard Tongue Pinot Noir is a barrel selection of the top parcels of Sonoma Pinot Noir from Argot's single-vineyard portfolio. The fruit is... sourced from cool-climate sites that Justin has worked with for the past decade. Each one was chosen for its distinct soils and expression of Sonoma County's terroir. The 2021 spent 20 months in French oak (90% new), and was never once racked prior to bottling.
£845 / Case£70.42 / BottleDuty Status: In Bond ⋅ Price incl. of Duty & VAT: £1,060.66 / Case, £88.39 / BottleAvailability: Future ArrivalPlease contact us to know more

2021 Argot, Simpatico Ranch Chardonnay, Bennett Valley 12x75cl

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Blend: 100% Chardonnay Vintage production: 250 cases 50 year-old vines, planted in the volcanic soils of the county’s coolest micro-climate, produce a tiny (1.5 – 2 tons per acre),... textbook-perfect crop each year. Meursault-inspired winemaking leads to a stunningly mineral and delicious, Chardonnay, that is singularly expressive. The 2021 spent 15 months on its lees in French oak (60% new), and a further 3 months in steel prior to bottling.
£845 / Case£70.42 / BottleDuty Status: In Bond ⋅ Price incl. of Duty & VAT: £1,052.45 / Case, £87.70 / BottleAvailability: Future ArrivalPlease contact us to know more