2006 Nuthouse Chardonnay
Willamette Valley AVA, Willamette Valley, Oregon
2006 Nuthouse Chardonnay Tasting Notes
This wine reminds me of what my 2002 Chardonnay would have tasted like if we'd had Dijon clones. The 2002 was a blockbuster wine and is still delicious. The aromas are very complex yet fruit forward. Look for fruit aromas of limetta and white peach with spices of cinnamon and high-elevation grown Sikotak clove. All this excitement is wrapped up with a hint of fresh baked pecan pie. The flavor is a great definition of power and grace. Ripe fruit of limetta blossom, pear, white-peach with a hint of green Spanish olive abound. The structure is classic cool, maritime late ripening mineral, rocky acidity, while the finish is a beautifully long essence of Anjou pear brioche.
Wine Scores and Reviews for 2006 Nuthouse Chardonnay
- 2007: Wine Advocate 92 "The 2007 Chardonnay Nuthouse exhibits a lovely perfume of baking spice, toast, mineral, hazelnut, and tropical aromas. Creamy textured and vibrant on the palate reflecting the natural acidity achievable in 2007, it has a zingy core of fruit, intense flavors, and lengthy, pure finish. It has the balance to drink well for at least a decade much like the 1999." - JM
- 2006: Wine Spectator 90 "Soft, supple and spicy, with a glowing core of pear at the center and hints of balsamic and cardamom around the edges. The finish lingers smoothly. Drink now through 2010." - HS
- 2006: San Francisco Chronicle TOP 100 WINES OF 2008 "Winemaker Rollin Soles sources his top Chardonnay from the Knudsen Vineyard, also the site of his single-vineyard sparkling wine. A richer style that models its Oregon elegance, with seamless oak that helps define the creamy texture. Bright and lively, with ripe pear, green apple skin, lemon peel and a mineral-driven finish."
- 2006: San Francisco Chronicle 3 Stars (Excellent) "2006 Argyle Nuthouse Reserve Series Willamette Valley Chardonnay ($30) Made from 100 percent Dijon clones, this wine is a richer-style Chardonnay that still retains its Oregon subtlety and elegance. The well-integrated oak provides creamy texture and lovely structure. Bright and lively, there's ripe pear, green apple skin, lemon peel and a mineral-driven finish."
- 2005: Wine Spectator 91 "Light and refined, appealing for the spicy, creamy overtones to the refreshing core of pear and apple fruit, persisting gently on the polished finish. Drink now through 2009. 2000 cases made."
- 2003: Wine Spectator 89 "Smooth and generous, a bit reduced but appealing for its effulgent pear and spice flavors, lingering gently on the well-wrought finish. Graceful. Drink now through 2010. 928 cases made. -HS"