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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.