Argyle Pinot Noir is honest and unmingled. The 2012 vintage for Pinot Noir made itself. Fermented in small lots, and blended for purity, this year's blend croons of ripe, red raspberry, morello cherry and a hint of backwoods spice. No other word can describe the palate but lush. Gentle, slightly firm tannin beneath, the acid sings true and long. Enjoy early, or sit on it a few years for enhanced nuance.
This wine leans to the darker end of the spectrum with dark cherry, black tea, and blackberry lily. The juicy middle is accented with poised tannins, leading into the long, refined finish.
We leaned heavily on our lower elevation fruit in 2011 to isolate our most flavor-rich blocks of Pinot Noir. Being our lowest elevation piece of land, Lone Star Vineyard drives this year’s Reserve Pinot, making up 70% of the blend. As such, the wine leans to the darker end of the spectrum with dark cherry, black tea, and blackberry lily. An Argyle prestige pinot first, this Reserve blend also contains 10% Spirit Hill Vineyard fruit, which is just down the road from Lone Star in the Eola-Amity Hills AVA. Higher elevation, north facing and windy, Spirit Hill provides firm structure and density. The final 20% is from Knudsen Vineyard, lending elegance and an underlying red fruit purity. The juicy middle is accented with poised tannins, leading into the long, refined finish
The 2011 Nuthouse Pinot Noir is Argyle’s expression of bold Pinot Noir in an elegant vintage. As 2011 was such a late harvest, we had to carefully select our most flavorful blocks from our Lone Star Vineyard. The long hang time has gifted us brilliant garnet color and incredibly vivid aromatics: wild cherry, dewberry, rhubarb, and black Russian tomato. Out on the edges of the palate, gentle toast and Moroccan spices keep the wine framed and complex. Deep, yet delicate through the middle, the creaminess is already starting to build on top of the gorgeous acid backbone. The extra fine tannins slowly coat the salavaries, building length and ageability. Crack it now, or leave in your wine dungeon for decades.
The Nuthouse designation is used for our biggest, boldest style of Pinot Noir. This Nuthouse blend is predominantly based on Pinot Noir fruit from our estate Lone Star Vineyard in the Eola-Amity Hills. Nuthouse takes its name from where it is barrel aged and fermented—in our winery that was formerly a hazelnut drying facility.
The aroma of this wine foretells density and richness. Densely spiced blackberry and black cherry fruit aromas bring anticipation of a great mouthful of late picked, ripe Pinot Noir fruit. The flavor delivers incredible creaminess and juiciness of mouth-feel, wrapped up by black fruit, rocky minerality, and forest floor complexities. The finish is a signature balance of fruit/spice/juicy persistence.
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