Nuthouse Riesling is the culmination of 30 years of viticultural mastery. Grown at our Lone Star Vineyard, it's the only American Riesling planting of its kind, capturing the Argyle personality in a nutshell: race and vibrant in its youth, deep and complex with age.
Lone Star Vineyard has three separate blocks of Riesling totalling just under seven acres of fruit, which amounts to less than 2% of our overall farming. Winemaking and blending is all about creating options and tools, so we have taken these three tiny blocks and divided them up into both stainless steel and neutral oak barrel fermentations to give us more tools to play with. The stainless steel versions are left with a hint of residual sugar, which emphasize fresh, pure, round fruit, while the neutral oak barrels are taken bone dry to bring the dichotomic elements of both mineral edge and subtle, creamy texture. Left on original lees for 16 months, we have continued to push the boundaries of texture in cool climate Riesling. White peach, orange blossom, and silvery minerality dance with pulsing, vibraceous length. Break out the Pepito de Ternera!
East facing and lower in elevation, Lone Star Vineyard is well suited for capturing the morning sunshine and warmth that Riesling loves. This is particularly important in growing seasons like 2013, when mother nature decides to shut down the season with a particularly long, tall glass of Oregon rain. Fermented to dryness and left upon its lees for 12 months in old, neutral oak barrels, Spirithouse Riesling is a wine of nuanced flavor and texture. The nose is delicate floral and sweet pea, while exuding a undeniable sense of petrichor: a pleasant smell that frequently accompanies the first rain after a long period of warm, dry weather. The mid palate is deep, hinting at faint creaminess, while Thor’s acid hammer cuts and carries to an incredibly long, savory finish. Serve at cellar temperature.
Minus Five Riesling is all about interplay. The warmth of ripe, golden fruit with cool acidity and edgy minerality. It'll leaving you wanting more. Redhaven peach, toasted honeycomb, and Satsuma mandarin delicately intertwine with a lush, textural mid palate. Gently overlapping and continuing through the finish is the refreshing, bright, and long acid that hangs and hangs.
Full of plump, ripe Suncrest peach, papaya chutney, and stony minerality, the drinkability of 2011 Argyle Riesling is downright silly. By drinkability, I'm talking about balance in all the right places. Fleshy and round both upfront and through the middle, with pitch-perfect acid along the sides and on the back end. The salvaries begin to gush. Amylase flows as though it were spring time on the Rogue River. Kara-age and daigaku imo!