Tasting Report: Wines of Argyle, 2011 Releases

Tasting Report: Wines of Argyle, 2011 Releases

A recent trip to Oregon took us down to the Willamette Valley, where we had the chance to visit, well, one of the few wineries that was open on New Year’s Eve: the celebrated Argyle.

Tasting through several sparklers, whites, and Pinots and found that Argyle is still making some classic Oregon wines. Notes follow.

Argyle Winery Tasting Report

2007 Argyle Brut / $27 / A- / big and very fizzy

2007 Argyle Black Brut / $30 / C- / sparkling (red) pinot noir, not my bag

2000 Argyle Extended Tirage Brut / $60 / A / impressive, creamy and austere, nice to see what age can do on domestic sparkling wine

2007 Argyle Nuthouse Chardonnay / $33 / B / very buttery, oaky, with a melon finish

2006 Argyle Spirithouse Chardonnay / $50 / B+ / a touch more acid here, still big butter tone

2008 Argyle Riesling / $18 / B- / a bit funky

2008 Argyle Reserve Pinot Noir / $40 / B / very young, a little tannin here, finish is lacking

2007 Argyle Nuthouse Pinot Noir / $50 / A / perfect structure, rich cherry fruit

2008 Argyle Minus Five / $30 / B+ / a late harvest riesling, unremarkable


Christopher Null is the founder and editor in chief of Drinkhacker. A veteran writer and journalist, he also operates Null Media, a bespoke content creation company.


  1. Grange95 on January 20, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    Great reviews. I love the Argyle Brut sparkler and the Argyle Nuthouse Pinot Noir. Always consistent quality for the price. In fact, sipping the Argyle Brut as we speak. ‘Tis the season!

  2. Gary Griffiths on January 21, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    Nicely done. Argyle rocks – best sparkling wines and pinot noir this side of France.

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