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.
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 "sikly texture" born of peak season ripeness, small batch handling and gentle aging in French Oak for 16 months.
An admirable glimpse of the Willamette Valley's finest offerings, our Reserve Pinot Noir is truly a celebration of balance. Bing cherry, supple raspberry, embraced by hints of toasted nutmeg and rich earth. 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 barriques.
The Dundee Hills AVA is Oregon's place for Pinot Noir that is as rich and generous as the soil in which it's grown. Argyle Dundee Hills Pinot Noir is the convergence between two historic vineyards that Argyle has farmed for decades: Knudsen Vineyard and Holstein Vineyard.
In our 30 years of growing Pinot Noir in the Dundee Hills, there has always been an underlying theme of elegant, red fruit that persists through most of our blocks. Every now and again, however, we do see darker, more powerful blocks of Pinot Noir that bring out our masculine side. This 2012 Dundee Hills bottling is our darker side of elegance, highlighting two different blocks, one from Knudsen Vineyard and the other from our long time viticulturist, Allen Holstein's personal vines, the Holstein Vineyard. The nose is subtle dark cherry, cassis, and sandalwood while the mid palate is high elevation silk. This silky mid palate is, however, confronted with intricately dense tannins on the back end, enhancing the long, rangy finish.
Spirithouse Pinot Noir is Argyle's mastery of power and grace. Contemplative and haunting, it is Argyle's crowning achievement for cool-climate Pinot Noir from Oregon's Willamette Valley.
Spirithouse Pinot Noir returns! Crafted entirely from the high elevation slopes of the Knudsen Vineyard, Spirithouse Pinot Noir requires a long, well-balanced growing season to achieve its distinctive power and elegance. Grown at elevations between 600 and 700 feet, this Pinot Noir rides the line of red clay mineral edge and voluptuous depth. Elegant red cherry, wispy floral, and savory spice, the middle palate is based in silkiness and youthful acidity. Framed around delicately firm tannins, the length is long and pure, begging for at least a decade of cellaring for her to truly open up. We recommend a companion dish: tea-smoked duck.
Our vineyard tell new stories each vintage. Our winemaking is informed through a conversation 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 lots, and blended for purity, 2013 toes the line between red and dark cherry, while offering spicy forest floor and hints of black tea. The palate is lively and graceful, building density and focus as the silky tannins build into the long, energetic finish.
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.
"How dark is the ocean, how deep is the sea?” The answer just might be in a glass of this Reserve Pinot Noir! This Pinot Noir has a seductive rich, super dark ruby-violet color. The aromas reflect one’s expectations of a cool year, dark colored Pinot. Aromas leap out the glass with black cherry, black cherry leather, and cedar, cedar smoke with a ripping portion of cinnamon spice, finishing off with a delicate hint of violet flower patch. Use of new oak was delicate, so the aromas are real time Pinot Noir! The flavor is a big juicy mouthful with firm tannin structure framed by velvet texture. The fruit is all about black cherry all the way to a very long finish. Spice of “far away lands” rounds out the complexity of this exciting, cool season vintage Pinot Noir.