Oregon is one of the world’s top sites for producing expressive Pinot Noir and this drop from Argyle quite clearly displays why. It’s called the Spirithouse after the property next door to the tasting room is said to have been haunted since the 19th century. You’ll be haunted not by a spirit but by the taste. Bright and pretty on the nose it displays cherry, earth, hints of leather and mint as well as black pepper. It’s ripe on the palate with spicy and floral characters combining before delivering a soft and exciting mouthfeel. Definitely a dinner party wine, that will cause the conversation to flow.
This Spirithouse has that sort of multi-layered, ethereal, supernatural quality that lives up to its name. If a wine can be described as a feeling, imagine the feel of black velvet on a Southern veranda, taking in the still night air of a full-mooned midnight in something like “the garden of good and evil”. This Spirithouse Pinot Noir congers up amazing layers of scent, feeling, and contemplation. To help guide you, look for aromas of violets in bloom, plum cobbler, dark chocolate blended with black pepper spice, Corsican leather, and vanilla graham cracker. The flavor is super juicy right through with a seamless transition from blackberry/plum fruit to red and black Subcontinental spices leading gently into a blend with a long, long finish.
Argyle Wine Reviews & Accolades
"This is considered best of the range of pinot noirs produced by Argyle, a renowned maker based in Oregon, the foremost region for this variety in the US. Full-bodied, this shows cinnamon and spice on the funky nose while the palate is rich, powerful and balanced by crisp acid. Seductive." - Jeff Collerson, The Daily Telegraph - June 2009.