Nuthouse Wines are built on Argyle’s history as a Grower First. With the conviction from the outset to make benchmark wines in Oregon, Argyle’s Nuthouse wines are intended to be provocative, singular expressions of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Riesling born of a dutiful kinship with the greatest wines from the Old World.
Nuthouse Chardonnay is Argyle's mastery of balance. Through a kinship between old world Dijon clones and their transplanted interpretation in the cool-climate of Oregon's Willamette Valley, Nuthouse Chardonnay strikes the balance between opulent creaminess and exacting minerality.
Entirely from the Lone Star Vineyard, 2014 Nuthouse Chardonnay displays the concentration and power of the Eola-Amity Hills, while still dancing along its graceful frame. Grilled peach, wild honey, suggestions of nougat and roast almonds are framed around dense, yet crystalline delicacy. Warmer than the previous vintage, and without the distraction of late September rains, the 2014 vintage has brought beautifully ripe flavors. Entirely barrel-fermented, the wine was allowed to age elegantly on full lees for 16 months in French oak, of which 40% was new. The middle palate fills the mouth with strength and texture, while finishing with long, caressing, silky vibration.
Nuthouse Pinot Noir is the master at play. It's 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.
Blended across our two vineyard sites in the Eola-Amity Hills, 2014 Nuthouse Pinot Noir marries the low-elevation base notes of the Lone Star Vineyard with the bright acidity and energy of the higher-elevated Spirit Hill Vineyard. Warmer than the previous vintage, and without the distraction of late September rains, the 2014 vintage has brought elegantly ripe flavors. Black cherry, plum, anise, and black pepper are framed in its dense core, while the finely grained tannins persist through its long, creamy finish. After fermentation and gentle pressing, the wine was allowed to age elegantly on its lees for 16 months in French oak, of which 40% was new.
Nuthouse Riesling is the culmination of 30 years of viticultural mastery. Grown at our Lone Star Vineyard, it's the only American Riesling planting of its kind, capturing the Argyle personality in a nutshell: race and vibrant in its youth, deep and complex with age.
Lone Star Vineyard has three separate blocks of Riesling totalling just under seven acres of fruit, which amounts to less than 2% of our overall farming. Winemaking and blending is all about creating options and tools, so we have taken these three tiny blocks and divided them up into both stainless steel and neutral oak barrel fermentations to give us more tools to play with. The stainless steel versions are left with a hint of residual sugar, which emphasize fresh, pure, round fruit, while the neutral oak barrels are taken bone dry to bring the dichotomic elements of both mineral edge and subtle, creamy texture. Left on original lees for 16 months, we have continued to push the boundaries of texture in cool climate Riesling. White peach, orange blossom, and silvery minerality dance with pulsing, vibraceous length. Break out the Pepito de Ternera!