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    Argyle Nuthouse Pinot Noir 2003
    Pinot Noir - Willamette Valley, Oregon


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    Professional Ratings: 93 Wine Spectator

    Region: Willamette Valley, Oregon

    Varietal: Pinot Noir

    Item no. 87745

    Winemaker's Notes:

    Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2006!

    The Nuthouse designation is used for our biggest, boldest and most aggressive style of Pinot Noir. This Nuthouse blend is predominantly based on Pinot Noir fruit from low elevation blocks at our estate Lone Star Vineyard in the Eola Hills.

    How deep is the ocean? How long does the ‘E' note of a string double bass vibrate through one's soul? These are just some of the thoughts one will contemplate while experiencing this 2002 Nuthouse Pinot Noir! Aromas of dark, wild berries and spices of licorice and cedar are locked deep into the earthy mineral core of this wine. Only time and patience will unleash the concentation of this wine. The mouth feel of this wine is massive and ‘super-juicy' centered. Layer upon layer of silky comforter-like texture cushion the firm gripping tannins. This wine is so viscous that the finish seems to sail on and on in one's taste bud memory.

    The 2002 vintage was one of those nerve crunching, hang in at the plate until you work up to a full count, then smack a sweet fast ball right out of the park! Translation: An unsettling growing season with a smashing finish. A warm but unsettled Spring wrought large clusters but with the diversity of berry size we like to see--what we call "peas and pumpkins." In late September and early October we had a couple of rain scares dropping up to a ½ inch of rain each event. On October 5th the prediction was two inches rain in a week's time! On October 6 the rain was dropped from the forecast and the longest Indian Summer on record ensued. We were able to pick fruit at its peak of ripeness under sunny skies and with limited chaos on the crush pad.

    As always, our grapes were harvested into small baskets. After gently transporting them to the winery, they were first chilled to 35F before de-stemming and gently crushing into small open-top fermentation vats. Prior to alcoholic fermentation they underwent a 4 - 5 day cold maceration. After fermentation they received a second short maceration before being pressed. The wine was then aged for 14 months in small French oak barrels before being bottled unfined and unfiltered.

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