2016 Nuthouse Riesling (1.5L)
At the top of Lone Star Vineyard, planted to high density on devigorated rootstock, our Riesling soaks up the bountiful morning Eola-Amity Hills sunshine. Upon harvesting, the grapes were chilled overnight, de-stemmed, then put back into the cold room to soak on their skins for 48 hours before pressing. Cool, slow stainless steel fermentation and aging for the first half of its life, then transferred down to neutr
Lone Star Vineyard is lower elevation in close proximity to the Van Duzer Corridor in the Eola-Amity Hills with ideal conditions for Riesling to thrive. Argyle is the only US winery to grow Riesling on devigorated rootstocks. This is the type of viticultural investment that most US wineries would only consider for higher priced wines like Pinot Noir.
Food Pairing Notes
Nuthouse Riesling is 100% Argyle grown from cutting edge German Clones. This is Argyle’s most exacting, drier-style Riesling with racy acidity and a light fruit-sweetness that will intensify with age. We believe it is the Willamette Valley’s most age-worthy Riesling.
The 2016 growing season began with a warm, dry winter leading to one of our earliest bud breaks on record. Getting off to this kind of pace and continuing with a warm Spring, bloom came early and under a good amount of heat, leading to a shortened window of flowering and also resulting in an uneven but more average sized set, meaning we wouldn’t have to crop thin much later in the season. Summer was warm and consistent, leading into another early start to harvest. Harvest was quick and condensed, starting at Lone Star Vineyard in the Eola-Amity Hills on August 25th and finishing not even one month later, in the upper elevations of the Eola-Amity Hills at our Spirit Hill Vineyard on September 21st. This was our second growing season ever to be done picking before the month of October.
Lone Star Vineyard
Eola-Amity Hills AVA
Sept. 22, 2016
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