Eola-Amity Hills Riesling
At the top of Lone Star Vineyard, planted to high density on devigorated rootstock, our Riesling soaks up the morning Eola-Amity Hills sunshine with fervor. The grapes were chilled overnight then tumbled in our press, where it then spent the evening soaking upon itself before pressing the next day. After a few days of settling, the juice was racked to our oldest neutral oak barrels for long, cool fermentation. Left upon original lees for 16 months, we have continued to push the boundaries of texture in cool climate Riesling. Lemon pith, honey blossom, and subtle spice dance with silky texture and deep, long acidity. Break out the Carne Adobada!
Wine Production Stats
Vineyard: Lone Star
AVA: Eola-Amity Hills
Cases Produced: 300
Aging: 100% Neutral Oak
Winemaker: Nate Klostermann
The 2015 growing season began with plenty of sunshine and warmth throughout the Spring, leading to an earlier than average bud break. As such, an early bloom kicked off with fantastic weather, leading to an above average fruit set. This required us to meticulously thin our vineyards in order to capture dense, vibrant fruit flavors. The summer was dry, though never getting too hot for too long. Harvest started early at Knudsen Vineyard in the Dundee Hills on August 24th and finished nearly one month later in the upper elevations of the Eola-Amity Hills at our Spirit Hill Vineyard on September 27th. This was our first growing season ever to be done picking before the month of October.
Wine & Spirits
With an apple-like thrust overlain with passion fruit accents, this resembles brisk Australian rieslings in its lean, lemony palate. For grilled prawns.
90 Points ~ Smart Buy ~ Top Value
Fresh and piney, with a lively green edge to the soft-textured apple custard and spice flavors, persisting nicely on the silk-textured finish. Drink now through 2015.
- Harvey Steiman (2010 vintage)
Vibrant, refreshing and distinctive for its mineral and caramel notes, weaving through the pear and apple fruit and lingering on the lively finish. Drink now through 2014.
- Harvey Steiman (2009 vintage)
"Full-bodied, juicy, off-dry and forward. Immediately approachable and plenty flavorful, with streaks of tea, lemon and tangerine."
- Paul Gregutt (2008 vintage)
Argyle ’ s 2008 Riesling has an attractive nose of mineral, spring flowers, and tropical notes. This leads to an intense, concentrated, vibrant Riesling with layers of flavor and a very long, crisp, refreshing finish. It will evolve for several years and drink well for at least a decade.
- Jay Miller (2008 vintage)