2013 Argyle "Nuthouse" Eola-Amity Hills Chardonnay
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.
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)
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)