Wines Produced by Argyle
Argyle makes two Chardonnays: Nuthouse Chardonnay
and Willamette Valley Chardonnay
. The Willamette Valley Chardonnay is a blend from two or three of our wineries. The Nuthouse Chardonnay is a single vineyard wine, made in small quantities and are very limited in quantity. Argyle prestige chardonnays are 100% Dijon clone. Argyle has one of the largest plantings of small cluster, Dijon chardonnay clones in Oregon.
Oregon Pinot Noir
Depending upon the quality of the vintage, Argyle makes anywhere from 2 to 4 Pinot Noirs: Reserve Pinot Noir
, Nuthouse Pinot Noir
, Spirithouse Pinot Noir
and Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
. Typically, all Pinot Noir harvested for still wine receives a 4-5 day cold maceration prior to fermentation. Fermentation takes place in open top 2-ton bins using one of our proprietary wine yeasts. At the end of alcoholic fermentation the new wine receives a second 4-5 day maceration prior to pressing. Reserve Pinot Noir, Nuthouse Pinot Noir, and Spirithouse Pinot Noir spend 12 to 14 months aging in French oak barrels
prior to bottling while Willamette Valley Pinot Noir spends 8 to 9 months in French oak barrels.
Oregon Sparkling Wine
All Argyle sparkling wines are vintage dated. Two grape varieties, Oregon Chardonnay
& Oregon Pinot Noir,
are used in Argyle Brut, Knudsen Vineyard Brut & Extended Tirage Brut. The percentages change with each vintage and are indicated on the front label. Argyle Blanc de Blancs
is 100% Dijon clone Chardonnay. Argyle's unique "Extended Tirage Brut" has received 94 and 95 points, making it the highest scoring sparkling wine
from any US winery.
Riesling is one of the world's great wine grapes as it makes long-lived dry and sweet wines. Argyle Riesling typically has concentrated fruity and floral aromas reminiscent of honeysuckle, lychee nut and peaches. On the palate the wine exhibits a viscous, sweet, silky-textured sensation with fresh fruit flavors (citrus and tree fruits) and a lingering, palate cleansing finish. It's almost as if the vine takes fruit from the sun and spice from the earth and blends them up into a lyrical elixir of the best from the earth and stars.