Wine Wednesday: Argyle Nuthouse Chardonnay 2012 ($40)

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This Week In White Wine: Argyle Nuthouse Chardonnay 2012 ($40)

“Light, bright and refreshing, with grapefruit, pear and floral flavors on a polished frame, lingering on the sleek finish. Drink now through 2019.” – Wine Spectator


Wine Ratings & Awards

Grape Certified Gold Medal – 2016

Robert Parker of Wine Advocate – 92 Points (2008), 91 Points (2009, 2011)

Wine Spectator – 91 Points (2015)

Washington Wine Blog – 91 Points (2015)

Best Wines Under $50 – 2016

Best White Wines of the Year – 2016


Wine Review

Argyle began its journey 25 years ago, making wine in Oregon’s famous Willamette Valley wine region. A supreme duo, winemaker Rollin Soles and viticulturist Allen Holstein came together to produce world-class champenoise sparkling wines, barrel-fermented Chardonnay and elegant silky-textured Pinot Noirs. Argyle is one of the most renowned names in Oregon wine country and has been featured on Wine Spectator’s Top 100 Wines list multiple times, having proclaimed the Nuthouse Pinot Noir the “Year’s Best Pinot Noir,” in 2012 by Wine & Spirits Magazine; once you’ve sample a bottle of any of the 2012 varietals, you’ll understand why it was said, “Mother Nature made the wines in the [Argyle] 2012 Vintage.”

The deeply appreciated and highly acclaimed 2012 vintage includes the popular Argyle Nuthouse Chardonnay, and this white wine demands you kick back, relax and swirl your way to heaven as you take in notes of sweet white peach, orange blossom, and cool nectarine with hints of toasted hazelnuts, clove, and allspice. The aromas are fresh, pure and clean, firing up those salivary glands. Enjoy mouthwatering flavors of baked peach, toasted hazelnuts and succulent notes of honey with hints of graham cracker. The finish is clean with echoes of spice notes and stony minerality that quenches and excites the palate.

With a suggested retail price of $40, the 2012 Argyle Nuthouse Chardonnay Noir be purchased for as little as $25 per bottle at select wine stores; that’s nearly 38% OFF! Due to the wine’s mouthwatering aromas and flavors, we recommend pairing it with a meal. A perfect mate for Chinese pork belly and cashews, or TheGrape’s lobster BLT. If you prefer a seafood dish, try branzino on herbs de Provence, with citrus salt, fennel and grape sauce, or penne pasta with herbs, tomatoes and peas.


Wine Region: Willamette Valley, Oregon

Wine Grapes: 100% Chardonnay

Style: Full-bodied, Elegant, & Clean

Drinks Like: Maybach Chardonnay Sonoma Coast Eterium B. Thieriot Vineyard 2012 (85), Evening Land Chardonnay Seven Springs Vineyard Summum 2012 ($90)


Food & Wine Pairings: Lobster BLT – Click To View Recipe

Lobster Bacon Lettuce and Tomato Sandwich - THEGRAPE

Also try these delicious recipes: Chinese Pork Belly & CashewsBranzino on Herbs de Provence, Citrus Salt, Fennel & Grape Sauce and Penne Pasta with Herbs, Tomatoes & Peas.

We hope you enjoyed this Wednesday’s wine review. We’re not only confident you’ll enjoy today’s Grape Certified Gold wine recommendation but we’re excited for you to try the food and wine recipe & white wine pairing! If you enjoyed this post don’t forget to like it above and join the discussion by leaving a rating and a comment below. Thanks and we’ll see you next week for another edition of Wine Wednesday and Food & Wine Friday. Cheers!


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Grape Certified Gold

The 2012 Argyle Nuthouse Chardonnay is a terrific choice if you love Chardonnay. Open a bottle of this amazing white wine this year especially for the holidays. Enjoy notes of sweet peach, citrus, and almonds, with subtle notes of vanilla and cinnamon. This Grape Certified Gold wine is a terrific choice for any holiday from Valentine's Day, the 4th of July, and from Thanksgiving to Christmas. Cheers!

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