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| ||Tasted by Jdubb on 7/19/2013 & rated 91 points: Classic Burgundian style, really enjoyed the earthy, subtle tones. It complemented our oysters well. (603 views)|
| ||Tasted by Wine Sparty on 6/19/2013 & rated 91 points: My wife popped and poured this one night, then we finished a couple nights later. Nice aroma of cherry - it's dark on the initial taste and mid-palate, but finishes just slightly tart. (415 views)|
| ||Tasted by Richard Jennings on 3/23/2013 & rated 87 points: Medium cherry red color with pale meniscus; rosehips, sous bois nose; rosehips, sous bois palate; medium finish (190 views)|
| ||Tasted by KeithAkers on 3/7/2013 & rated 91 points: Willamette Valley Wines presents: Pinot in the City (City Winery, Chicago, IL): Nose: Pretty and elegant nose with aromatic tones of roses, spice tones, red fruits, and red cherries.|
Taste: Medium bodies with medium+ acidity and silky tannins. The tones of roses, spice tones, red fruits, and fresh picked berries lean towards the feminine.
Overall: This is a lovely Pinot. It has a more feminine style to it and is very attractive. (1105 views)
| ||Tasted by brouigu1 on 10/10/2012 & rated 88 points: Young vintage but wanted to try it early since Nuthouse is a favorite of mine. |
Day 1: Very tight and the nose is slight at best. Good acid and tannin but found weak cherry, cranberry with hints of the earthy volcanic soils of the AVA. I will let this sit in the cellar for a year and see what 2013 brings.
Day 2: Not much change... The nose is light with not much behind it. The fruit is there but very hidden yet. Acids and tannin structure is there, but not much hanging from it. (1260 views)
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|By Josh Raynolds|
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, July/August 2012, Issue #163
(Argyle Winery Pinot Noir Nuthouse Willamette Valley) Subscribe to see review text.
|By Richard Jennings|
(Argyle Pinot Noir Nuthouse Reserve Series) Medium cherry red color with pale meniscus; rosehips, sous bois nose; rosehips, sous bois palate; medium finish 87 points
Argyle Producer website
Argyle farms three vineyards: Knudsen Vineyard, Stoller Vineyard and Lone Star Vineyard. The 120 acre Knudsen Vineyard was first planted between 1972 & 1974. The high elevation blocks of this landmark Dundee Hills site are key components in Argyle's sparkling wines. Knudsen provides Argyle a mix of old vine blocks and new high density blocks planted with "Old World" Dijon clones.
Just south of Knudsen Vineyard in the Dundee Hills sits Stoller Vineyard. First planted in 1995, Stoller, like Knudsen, is planted using state of the art viticultural techniques. Stoller Vineyard has produced some of Oregon's finest Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
In 1996 Argyle purchased a spectacular 160 acre vineyard site in the east slopes of Eola Hills, known as Lone Star Vineyard. Located 15 miles south of Argyle's winery in Dundee, this warm site is planted primarily to Dijon clones of Pinot Noir. This vineyard has the potential to be one of Oregon's best Pinot Noir vineyards.
All grapes are hand harvested into small baskets and transported to the winery. Grapes are chilled overnight to 35F before crushing the next day. Chilling preserves the ripe fruit characteristics and naturally limits oxidation.
Pinot Noir Varietal character (Appellation America) | Varietal article (Wikipedia)
Pinot Noir is the Noble red grape of Burgundy, capable of ripening in a cooler climate, which Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot will not reliably do. It is unpredictable and difficult both to grow and to vinify, but results in some of the finest reds in the world. It is believed to have been selected from wild vines two thousand years ago. It is also used in the production of champagne. In fact, more Pinot Noir goes into Champagne than is used in all of the Cote d'Or! It is also grown in Alsace, Germany, the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Croatia, Serbia, Italy, Austria, and so forth, with varying degrees of success.
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