Wine Wednesday: Argyle Nuthouse Pinot Noir 2012 ($50)

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This Week In Red Wine: Argyle Nuthouse Pinot Noir 2012 ($50)

“[The] Year’s Best Pinot Noir.” – Wine & Spirits Magazine


Wine Ratings & Awards

Grape Certified Gold Medal – 2016

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

Wine Spectator – 92 Points (2008, 2010, 2012) 91 Points (2009)

Washington Wine Blog Top 100 (#100) – 92 Points (2015)

International Wine Cellar – 91 Points (2008-09) & 90 Points (2010)

Wine & Sprits – 90 Points – 2012

Best Wines Under $50 – 2016

Best Red 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 and has been featured on Wine Spectator’s Top 100 Wines list multiple times and proclaimed the “Year’s Best Pinot Noir,” in 2012 by Wine & Spirits Magazine; once you’ve sample a bottle, you’ll understand why.

The deeply appreciated and highly acclaimed, 2012 Argyle Nuthouse Pinot Noir comes from the low-elevation, warm, southeastern slope of the Lone Star Vineyard in the Eola-Amity Hills AVA wine region. A bright garnet hued wine with aromas displaying both delicate and ethereal features, and offering hints of fresh rose petal and red earth. Upon opening up more complex aromas develop gradually; on the nose, dark chocolate, anise and wild cherries mirror the flavors. The mid palate has depth with a creamy-textured appeal, poised against firm tannins with a long, savory acid finish. Wine Spectator described the wine as follows, “You’ll want to drink it right out of the gate, as this 2012 vintage comes to you fully assembled, but don’t sleep on aging this little beauty, as she’s got many, many years to go in the bottle.” And Wine & Spirits Magazine hailed the 2012 Nuthouse Pinot Noir as the, “Year’s Best Pinot Noir.” 

With a suggested retail price of $50, the 2012 Argyle Nuthouse Pinot Noir can be purchased for as little as $36 per bottle at Total Wine or, that’s nearly 30% OFF, so why not pop open a bottle and savor this delicious red wine with any of the following dishes: venison stew, TheGrape’s Cuban Lamb Shanks; and for our pescatarians we suggest seared scallops with white beans and bacon. But if you’re in the mood for pasta, try the pappardelle with mushrooms. All make terrific mates with this divine red wine.


Wine Region: Willamette Valley, (Eola-Amity Hills) Oregon

Wine Grapes: 100% Pinot Noir

Style: Medium-bodied, Complex & Savory

Drinks Like: Davis Bynum Jane’s Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012 ($55), MacMurray Ranch Winemaker’s Block Selection Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2012 ($60)


Food & Wine Pairings: Cuban Lamb Shanks – Click To View Recipe

Cuban Lamb Shanks and Cubanisimo Pinot Noir - Red Wine - THEGRAPE

Also try these delicious recipes: Venison StewSeared Scallops with White Beans & Bacon and Pappardelle with Mushrooms.

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 & Pinot Noir 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!


Enter the Nuthouse [Pinot Noir]!!!
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The 2012 Argyle Nuthouse Pinot Noir is a terrific weekend wine to enjoy over a savory meal, preferably with guests or another fellow wine enthusiast. Fall in love with aromas and flavors of ripe cherry, chocolate, earthy notes and hints of spice. Although it was amazing by itself, we're confident, this wine will taste even better with your favorite foods. Purchase a bottle of this incredible Grape Certified Gold wine today!

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