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Argyle Nuthouse Pinot Noir

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The Nuthouse does not refer to the winemaker being slightly eccentric but the fact that the Argyle property used to be a major hazelnut plantation. Winemaker Rollin Soles continues to craft superb examples of Oregon Pinot and this he refers to as a cerebral wine. So pour yourself a glass and prepare to ponder.

Strawberries and rhubarb’ll greet you on the nose as well as summer berries and roses, before a palate of deeply cherried fruit and Asian spice. It’s powerful but elegant stuff and intensely varietal so we suggest it will need food to show it at its best.

Winemaker's Notes

For those of you familiar with the Nuthouse style, you’ll know that on release these wines don’t always leap out of the glass, they need time in the bottle to open up aromatically. Not the case with the 2009 Nuthouse Pinot Noir! This wine is alive with aromas of darkest cherry, cloves and cinnamon. It is no different on the palate—almost explosive in its expression of sweet juicy marionberry, raspberry cordial, and black cherry cobbler framed in subtle oak tannins. Definitely a big wine, but a big wine with grace and elegance enough to lift you up and put a smile on your face.

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