2013 Argyle "Nuthouse" Eola-Amity Hills Chardonnay

SKU #1149039 91 points Wine & Spirits

 Tangy and fresh, with a pleasing salinity framing lemon and apple flavors, this nimble white has a generous middle with a leesiness that creeps into the finish like a fog. A nimble white to pair with lemon chicken.  (2/2016)

91 points Wine Spectator

 Light, bright and refreshing, with grapefruit, pear and floral flavors on a polished frame, lingering on the sleek finish. Drink now through 2019. 1,596 cases made. (HS)  (2/2016)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2013 Chardonnay Nuthouse is a blend of Argyle's three sites at low and high elevations, barrel fermented and aged for 12 months (25% new wood). The nose is well defined but needs coaxing from the glass, eventually revealing walnut and undergrowth scents. The palate is crisp on the entry with a fine bead of acidity, hints of brioche and grapefruit here with a well-composed and tensile finish armed with a pleasant bitter edge. This is certainly worth looking out for. I am often impressed how New World sparkling wine stacks up against much of Champagne, and Argyle is no exception. Nate Klosterman makes some of Oregon's best sparklers here, packed full of flavor and tension. While I am not quite as smitten by the dry whites, it's really the bubbles that count at this address and there is a lot of pleasure to be found, especially when sourced from the great Knudsen Vineyard. Sparkling wine will become an increasingly important part of the Oregon winemaking scene and I have no doubt that Argyle will remain at the forefront. (NM)  (6/2016)

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- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, M√Ęcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- Highly touted for its Pinot Noirs, Oregon is part of the up-and-coming winemaking industry in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. Most of Oregon is directly affected by the climate coming off of the Pacific Ocean, giving it mild winters and wet summers. This makes it a difficult place to ripen grapes, but some say that the harder grapes have to struggle, the more complex they will turn out to be. Chardonnay and Pinot Gris are two important and successful grapes grown in Oregon.