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.
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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 growing season began with a moderate winter followed by a wet spring, leading to a mid-to-late
April budbreak. A cool, rainy middle of June lead to a challenging bloom, resulting in some of our
lowest yields in a long time. The rest of the summer was quite beautiful—a classic no-AC-required
Oregon summer. A late August/early September heat spike accelerated ripening, which sent us into
harvest mode on September 1st with Chardonnay at Lone Star Vineyard. After a week of picking,
easterly winds blew smoke from the Cascades into the Valley, causing us to stop and re-evaluate our
harvest plans. We moved with Mother Nature and decided not to pick anymore red grapes after the
fires in order to focus on sparkling wine, chardonnay, riesling and still wine rosé, keeping wine
quality at the core and focusing on gentle, low-yield pressing. We finished picking on October 23rd,
with a small parcel of late-ripening Lone Star riesling.