Velvet—soft, rich, and luxurious. Flavors reminiscent of red current jam, fresh picked Damson plum, warm forest berry cobbler with a dollop of vanilla.
The first clue to the depth of this wine is the striking garnet hue. This is a very seductive Pinot Noir wrapped in an aromatic robe of clove and allspice notes draped with juicy red raspberry and kirsch with nuances of incense cedar and roasted wild game. On the palate, the 2009 Spirithouse Pinot exudes class with an inviting structure of satiny tannins and a delicate balance of morello cherry driven fruit lifted by clean acidity and supported by just enough oak structure. This is a wine that will draw you in with its grace, elegance, and power
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.
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.
This wine leans to the darker end of the spectrum with dark cherry, black tea, and blackberry lily. The juicy middle is accented with poised tannins, leading into the long, refined finish.
We leaned heavily on our lower elevation fruit in 2011 to isolate our most flavor-rich blocks of Pinot noir. Being our lowest elevation piece of land, Lone Star Vineyard drives this year’s Reserve Pinot, making up 70% of the blend. As such, the wine leans to the darker end of the spectrum with dark cherry, black tea, and blackberry lily. An Argyle prestige pinot first, this Reserve blend also contains 10% Spirit Hill Vineyard fruit, which is just down the road from Lone Star in the Eola-Amity Hills AVA. Higher elevation, north facing and windy, Spirit Hill provides firm structure and density. The final 20% is from Knudsen Vineyard, lending elegance and an underlying red fruit purity. The juicy middle is accented with poised tannins, leading into the long, refined finish
An especially juicy mid-palate with firm “sanded” edge tannins. Lone Star Pinot Noir is a well-structured, weighty wine.
Do great views ensure great wines? At Lone Star Vineyard the vines are treated to a sweeping view of the Cascades, from Mt. Rainier in the north to the Three Sisters to the south. While the view is stunning, this low elevation, warm site is a magnet for the two forces crucial for ripening grapes: light and heat. As the first light of the day peaks over the Cascade range, Lone Star Vineyard begins absorbing the full power of the sun and the rocky soils retain heat at night. With a burgundy hue typical of the Eola-Amity Hills and dark, dense wild blackberry aromas, this is a pure expression of Lone Star Vineyard Pinot Noir. Lone Star delivers the darker, brooding side of Pinot Noir. This “chunky” style has an especially juicy mid-palate with firm “sanded” edge tannins. Lone Star Pinot Noir is a well-structured, weighty wine that finishes cleanly without being heavy and overbearing.
Brilliant, Elizabethan red hue that unfolds with recognizable aromas of ripe pie cherries and nuances of cinnamon stick, blood orange, cardamom.
Old-timers claim this low elevation site in the first crop of clover for Dundee Hill farms. Its long history as a farm bodes well for the site’s grape growing potential (they even raised turkeys here once!). Stoller offers Southern exposure and a great view of the Eola Hills and Argyle’s Lone Star Vineyard. The red-colored Jory soils here have grown some of Oregon’s finest Pinots. This is classic Dundee Hills Pinot Noir. It possesses a brilliant, Elizabethan red hue that unfolds with recognizable aromas of ripe pie cherries and nuances of cinnamon stick, blood orange, cardamom, and the red earth in which the two Dijon clones (115 and 777) of Pinot Noir were grown. A mouth-filling mid-palate of juicy cherries, soft silken tannins, and baking spices with just enough acidity to finish on a fresh, clean note – the hallmark of this Stoller Vineyard wine.
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GROUPS OF 8 OR MORE
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*During Memorial Day weekend and Thanksgiving weekend, large groups do not need to make reservations.