Argyle Nthse Pinot Noir 2013 750ml 2013 Bottle
In years like 2013, it pays dividends to have a warm, low-elevation growing site like we have in our Lone Star Vineyard. Southeast facing, at 250-400 ft. elevation, the fruit at Lone Star captures all of the early morning sunshine peaking up over the Cascades, leading to elegantly-concentrated Pinot Noir. On September 18th, facing the impending rain forecast, we dropped the hammer and initiated a concerted 2-day picking of our best blocks of Lone Star Pinot Noir fruit. The decision paid off, as the wine is now showing bright raspberry, spicy floral and black tea flavors, all woven into a rich, yet energetic frame. A mild grip of tannins is carried through a long, savory finish.
Wine EnthusiastFirm and focused, this lightly spiced effort supports its tart cherry fruit with ample acidity. Hints of toasted coconut build in the finish. A few more years of bottle age should bring further integration.
Wine SpectatorLight and refined, this is open-textured and appealing for the raspberry, sassafras and floral flavors, dancing lightly into a long and refined finish. Drink now through 2020. 2,000 cases made.
Wine AdvocateThe 2013 Pinot Noir Nuthouse comes from the Lone Star Vineyard and it was picked around three days before the rain in September. It has a straightforward bouquet with crisp red cherries, strawberry pastilles and chalky scents. The palate is well balanced, though I find it is missing substance on the mid-palate and attenuates towards the finish. As such, I would be inclined to drink this over the next 3-4 years.