Red Wines    Pinot Noir    Willamette Valley    Oregon   
Wine.com - Buy wines, wine clubs, gift baskets and more
My Rating (circle) :
Date Printed: 4/24/2014
Argyle Nuthouse Pinot Noir 2005
Argyle Nuthouse Pinot Noir 2005
(search item no. 95361)
green wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 4/24/2014: $55.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2000 Wine & Spirits rating: 89 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The aroma is tumescent with blueberry fruit. Blended with this wonderful robust blue fruit one can find Moroccan spices, a hint of butterscotch, and a sense of gravelly earthiness.

As the aroma implies and promises, the flavor is concentrated blueberry and blackberry juice, which aids integration of nice spice flavored French oak. The palate is rich, creamy, and super juicy.

This whopper of a wine seems to have everything. Rocky earthiness, black forest cake, and a surprise raspberry to red cherry flavor in the long finish.

"The Nuthouse cuvee is released a year behind the other Pinots. The 2005 Pinot Noir Nuthouse is one of the major successes of a challenging vintage. It has a slightly aged appearance and is exhibiting an alluring perfume of spice, red fruits, and blueberry. On the mid-palate it has a wide band of fruit atypical for 2005. It has the structure of the vintage so it may well evolve for 4-5 years and drink well through 2020. It is a home run for the vintage.

While the focus of this report is on 2006 Pinot Noir, it is undeniable that Argyle Winery is producing among the best sparkling wines made in the USA and they cannot be ignored. Argyle is also the hangout of veteran vigneron Rollin Soles who knows as well as anyone what's happening in the Oregon wine scene. Argyle's Pinot Noirs have a bit more competition than the Sparkling Wines but they have been up to the challenge for quite some time."
Wine Advocate

My Notes:

Additional wines from Argyle:

About Argyle:

Twenty-five years ago, Argyle began making wine in Oregon's Willamette Valley. Since 1987, winemaker Rollin Soles and viticulturist Allen Holstein have teamed up to produce world-class method champenoise sparkling wines, barrel-fermented Chardonnay, and silky-textured Pinor Noir from low-yielding vines that are winery farmed on some of the best hillside slopes and elevations. Argyle wines have received a total of 11 Wine Spectator Top 100 designations - more than any other winery in Oregon. The Argyle wines represented on this list include sparkling wine, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, truly making Argyle one of the finest practitioners of the craft of elegant, long-lived winegrowing.