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 the first single vineyard release from our Spirit Hill Vineyard.
With initial plantings starting in 2008, Spirit Hill Vineyard is both Argyle's newest and largest vineyard, coming in at 180 acres. Just a few miles southwest from our Lone Star Vineyard, Spirit Hill is also located in the Eola-Amity Hills. However, even though the vineyards are neighbors, their profiles are much different. Lone Star sits at 250’-400’ elevation, is east facing, and is our warmest site while Spirit Hill sits on top of the Eola-Amity Hills at 650’-850’ elevation and is shaped like an open bowl, with aspects in every direction. This elevation, in combination with the Van Duzer Corridor's gusty winds have made Spirit Hill Vineyard a very cool climate growing site. In the northwest corner of the vineyard, tucked away in the trees, is an old, pioneer cemetery, from which has inspired the vineyard's ghostly name. The blocks adjacent to the cemetery are the site's warmest, being east facing and protected from the wind. It is here where we have crafted this first ever Spirit Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir. Dark, earthy, spice box up front, the mid palate is high elevation silk, flowing into the firm, structured tannins on the long finish.
2012 Nuthouse Pinot Noir comes from the low-elevation, warm, southeastern slope of our Lone Star Vineyard in the Eola-Amity Hills AVA. Brilliantly garnet in color, the aromas are initially delicate and ethereal, hinting at fresh rose petal and red earth. As it opens up, more complex aromas emerge of dark chocolate, anise, and wild cherries. The mid palate is deep and creamy, poised against firm tannins and long, savory acid. You'll want to drink it right out of the gate, as this 2012 vintage comes to you fully assembled, but don't sleep on aging this little beauty, as she's got many, many years to go in the bottle. Grilled venison loin with saffron white beans, almond romesco, and bone marrow toast.
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.
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.
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