2008 Spirithouse Pinot Noir
Oregon Pinot Noir
Dundee Hills AVA, Willamette Valley, Oregon
2008 Spirithouse Pinot Noir Tasting Notes
There was a lot of buzz about the greatness of the Oregon 2008 vintage, and this wine is the proverbial proof in the pudding. This youthful wine slowly opens in the glass, first showing off rich spice, delicate oak, and cigar box, then unwinding to let lush dark Bing cherry come to the forefront. On the palate, this wine is like drinking velvet—soft, rich, and luxurious. Flavors reminiscent of red current jam, fresh picked Damson plum, warm forest berry cobbler with a dollop of vanilla bean, and light brushed-leather notes. With so many nuances combined with a clean streak of acidity, this is a wine that will reward for years and years to come.
Wine Scores and Reviews for 2008 Spirithouse Pinot Noir
- 2008: Wine Spectator 93 "Light, with a savory edge to the panoply of raspberry, chamomile and floral flavors, remaining vivid and focused through the long, expressive finish. Drink now through 2019." - Harvey Steiman
- 2008: Wine Advocate 93 "The fruit for the 2008 Spirithouse Pinot Noir was sourced from the Knudsen Vineyard in Dundee Hills and is also scheduled for a Spring 2011 release. Itʼs a bit tighter then the Nuthouse but possesses all the right stuff for a graceful evolution of 5-7 years. Concentrated, focused, and beautifully balanced, it should easily achieve its 20th birthday in fine form." - Jay Miller
- 2007: Wine Advocate 93 "The 2007 Pinot Noir Spirithouse is another step up the quality ladder. It is a weighty effort that has plenty of sweet, succulent fruit, lively acidity, and enough ripe tannin to evolve for 2-3 years. Drink it from 2011 to 2019." - Jay Miller
- 2007: Wine Spectator 90 "Zippy with acidity, offering raspberry and red cherry flavors that hint at lime as the sharp finish extends against a supple texture." - Harvey Steiman
- 2006: Wine Advocate 94 "The 2006 Pinot Noir Spirithouse Knudsen Vineyard is medium/dark ruby with a splendid aromatic array of mineral, earth, cedar, spice box, and red and black fruits, Silky smooth, layered, bordering on opulent, and very sexy, this Pinot Noir will evolve for 2-3 years and be at its best from 2010 to 2018. While the focus of this report is on 2006 Pinot Noir, it is undeniable that Argyle Winery is producing among the best sparkling wines made in the USA and they cannot be ignored. Argyle is also the hangout of veteran vigneron Rollin Soles who knows as well as anyone what’s happening in the Oregon wine scene. Argyle’s Pinot Noirs have a bit more competition than the Sparkling Wines but they have been up to the challenge for quite some time." - Jay Miller
- 2006: Wine Spectator Insider 92 "Lithe, polished and appealing for the transparency of its raspberry, blackberry and sweet leather flavors, lingering gently on the harmonious, almost delicate finish. Drink now through 2014. -HS"
- 2005: Wine Spectator 93 "Polished and generous. A wine of appealing transparency that lets the creamy, floral cherry, plum and raspberry flavors hover gracefully over superfine tannins. It all lingers beautifully, suggesting a good future. Drink now through 2015." - Harvey Steiman
- 2005: International Wine Cellar 90 "Medium red color. Intensely floral scents of zesty red berries, rose, magnolia, Asian spices and pungent herbs. Sappy raspberry and cherry flavors gain richness with air while maintaining a vibrant personality. Tangy cherry skin and baking spice notes dominate the long, juicy finish of this nicely balanced wine."
- 2002: Wine Advocate 92+ "It's beautifully penetrating medium to full-bodied seamless character springs forth with soy sauce, black cherries, blackberries, spices and hints of roasted oak. Broad, concentrated and long-finishing wine Anticipated maturity - now through 2014."
- 2001: Wine Advocate 92 "The 2005 Pinot Noir "Spirithouse" is sourced from the Knudsen Vineyard. It is a more muscular version of the Reserve and slightly more austere in style. It will need 6-8 years to loosen up and show its full potential. The ingredients are present, but patience will be required."