Spirithouse Pinot Noir is Argyle's mastery of grace. Contemplative and hanuthing, Spirithouse is Argyle's crowning achievement for cool-climate Pinot Noir from Oregon's Willamette Valley.
For the first time in its history, Spirithouse Pinot Noir has been sourced entirely from Lone Star Vineyard in the Eola-Amity Hills. The site is typically known for its darker, more structured Pinot Noirs, however there are a two small blocks at the top of the vineyard that reliably produce more silky, red-fruited, yet dense Pinot Noir. Cherry blossom, tobacco, and all spice linger against a creamy, floral raspberry middle. The tannins are embracing, yet refined, which carry into its long, generous finish.
Our vineyards tell new stories each vintage. Our winemaking is informed through a doversation between sun & rain, warm days & cool nights. Argyle Pinot Noir celebrates this dialogue with a simplicity, purity of fruit & silky texture that rewards curiosity & inspires conversations of your own.
Argyle Pinot Noir is an honest representation of the Willamette Valley. Fermented entirely in small 1.5 ton lots and plunged by hand, Argyle Pinot Noir is blended for purity. The nose leans towards dark cherry, red raspberry and earthy minerality, while the middle palate is lush and graceful. On the back end, the wine builds density and focus as the silky, yet subtly firm tannins build into the long, energetic finish.
Argyle Reserve Pinot Noir is classic Oregon. Exacting in its fruit selection from the Willamette Valley's most luxurious vineyard sites, Argyle Reserve Pinot Noir has classic 'silky texture' born of peak season ripeness, small batch handling and gentle aging in French oak for 16 months.
A laudable glimpse of the Willamette Valley's finest offerings, our Reserve Pinot Noir is truly a celebration of balance. All three of our vineyards are based in volcanic, red soils, contributing to the sweet cherry, redheart plum, and toasted, rich, earth nose. The tannins are firm, but rounded, an underlying 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, 1.5-ton fermenters, along with aging 16 months in French oak barrels.
Nuthouse Pinot Noir is the master at play. Its raison d'être is to command your attention & cheer you on. Nuthouse is an enduring, provocative style of American Pinot Noir that is a singular expression of this place in Oregon's Willamette Valley.
In years like 2013, it pays dividends to have a warm, low-elevation growing site like we have in our Lone Star Vineyard. Southeast facing, at 250-400 ft. elevation, the fruit at Lone Star captures all of the early morning sunshine peaking up over the Cascades, leading to elegantly-concentrated Pinot Noir. On September 18th, facing the impending rain forecast, we dropped the hammer and initiated a concerted 2-day picking of our best blocks of Lone Star Pinot Noir fruit. The decision paid off, as the wine is now showing bright raspberry, spicy floral and black tea flavors, all woven into a rich, yet energetic frame. A mild grip of tannins is carried through a long, savory finish.
With almost 30 years of growing world class Pinot Noir under our belts, we have the experience to recognize a new expression of the Oregon-famous varietal when it reveals itself. We've captured what's new with our second single vineyard release from our Spirit Hill Vineyard.
Sitting atop the Eola-Amity Hills, Pinot Noir from Spirit Hill Vineyard has the unique ability to weather the storm. Gusty, cool, breezes and shallow volcanic soils help it hold up to even the most ferocious of autumnal squall. Harvested after the September rains and into a gorgeous October, this year’s Spirit Hill fruit leans to red cherry, currant, leather, and licorice. The mid palate is silky with faint, dusty tannin on the long finish. Sitting atop the Eola-Amity Hills, Pinot Noir from Spirit Hill Vineyard has the unique ability to weather the storm. Gusty, cool, breezes and shallow volcanic soils help it hold up to even the most ferocious of autumnal squall. Harvested after the September rains and into a gorgeous October, this year’s Spirit Hill fruit leans to red cherry, currant, leather, and licorice. The mid palate is silky with faint, dusty tannin on the long finish.
The farmhouse, which served as our former tasting room has been haunted for more than 100 years. More muse than Spirit, the intriguing and intangible qualities of Spirithouse wines are enhanced by the continued presence of the pioneer woman who once lived here. The fruit is derived from a select block of high elevation densly planted vines at Knudsen Vineyards (Dundee Hills AVA) and produces our most powerful yet elegant 100% Pinot Noir wine.
92 Points - Wine Spectator
This is a refined, sneaker of a wine! The aroma is bright with an appealing purity. Look for luscious red fruit, like raspberry and cherry made deeper by fresh earth, new leather, and a hint of black pepper spices. The flavor is pure and, dare I say it, “elitist”. The red fruits are fresh and ripe, fresh earth integrates with spicy, almost floral, flavors. The juicy center is signature Spirithouse. The wine is youthful now, but will “sneak up” on you with the power and richness I have come to expect from this wine.
This is our Classic “big furniture” Pinot Noir style derived from Lone Star Vineyard. Its melanite color is the first indicator of its boldness. The aroma is black cherry reduction fruit, black licorice, Earl Grey spices, and that luscious, fresh earth quality that says “Nuthouse”. The flavors are big, juicy black cherry and black plum pudding spices. The texture forms a rich, creamy center to this richly ripe Pinot Noir. The ripe plum and cherry fruit carry on and on. It is a wonderful thing to experience such powerful, exotic Pinot Noir yet wonder at its bright, balanced, mineral pinpoint touch twirling on the palate.