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.
A fantastic cross section of the Willamette Valley's finest offerings, our Reserve Pinot Noir is truly a celebration of balance. The fruit profile rides the line of red and dark fruit, and can lean in either direction depending on the day. Black cherry and Howes cranberry embraced by subtle, toasted hazelnuts, and vanillin. While the tannins are firm, but rounded, there is an underlying earthy minerality which drives the mid-palate through the long finish. While delving for pure fruit flavors and juicy acidity, we hang our phenolic hat on our trademark silky texture which has been enhanced through cold soaking in small lot fermenters, along with aging 16 months in French oak barriques.
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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