TN: 2003 Argyle Pinot Noir Nuthouse (USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley)

  • 2003 Argyle Pinot Noir Nuthouse - USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley (2/12/2008)
    Ruby in the glass, a little darker than what I expect for a pinot. Nose of sour cherry, sage, light pepper and a little bit of vanilla. Palate dominated by sour cherries, with a little bit of vanilla that shows more on the finish, and some licorice. Longish finish that ends a little hot. Very nice.

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Haven't quite figured out all the cross posting nuances. This was a very interesting wine, but I'm not sure I liked it that much. Can you appreciate a wine a lot without actually liking the taste that much? I believe the thing that put me off a little bit was the hotness on the finish which I hope will dissipate some with more age. One pleasant but unusual thing about the palate was that it reminded me of a sweet onion (think vedalia). Having never tasted that or seen it in a tasting note I was hesitant to put it in my tasting note. My wife wasn't sure about that as part of the profile but thought there was something in it that could remind one of that.
a friend popped this for 3 of us on Friday, and actually i didnt detect any heat on the finish... i did note creamy oak though, moreso then i expected...

agree with Board-O that the finer Oregon Pinots can almost always use time, but, i felt this was drinking much better then i expected it would at this point
'03 Oregon PNs are not going to be classic agers.
More than any other year, including '06, these are
CA like. I've mistaken a few for CA in blind tastings.
The most recent '03 OR PN I had was a Panther Creek just last week. Dried, almost candied, fruit. Moderate to low acidity. Probably as good as it's going to get.
I'm still on my '99 Nuthouse stash, though.
We had this about 4 months ago, and after reading the comments of the more experienced OR pinot drinkers it was probably premature. Nose was somewhat muted, but for some reason reminded me of toffee. I certainly agree that the dominant note was sour cherry with a touch of oak on the back end, I could tell that the wine had a lot more to offer if given the time, but it wasn't overly complex or memorable right now. I'd probably give it an 89.
  • 2003 Argyle Pinot Noir Nuthouse - USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley (10/10/2009)
    Very good, maybe outstanding.

    Pleasant but soft nose of stewed red fruit, black pepper, some minerality, and maybe a little vanilla. On the palate, some sour cherry, minerality, maybe a little bit of cherry cough drop(?), and again a little vanilla. Very long finish that is marred just a bit by a little heat. (Without the heat it it would easily be outstanding).

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  • 2003 Argyle Pinot Noir Nuthouse Reserve Series - USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley (1/13/2013)
    Much the same as the last bottle now that I read my note from 2010.

    A little burnt cherry, pepper spice, earth, and some smokiness. Very smooth. Medium length finish. Nicely balanced and elegant. Outstanding. The pepper is a little bit pronounced on the finish giving it a kind of zing that I find really appealing.

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There was an intermediate note from 2010 since the one from 2009 but it's almost identical to this one. It's nice to see that the heat dissipated over time. Does that always happen?
  • 2003 Argyle Pinot Noir Nuthouse - USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley (12/25/2015)
    Absolutely fantastic wine. Bricking around the edge. The nose is lovely if somewhat restrained, but some nice smokiness, christmas spice (how appropos!) and something that reminds us of black licorice. On the palate very rich cherry and maybe some blueberry (?), tobacco and a pleasant little tart on the end. Long finish and very smooth. Nicely balanced.

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