master Series

2008 Spirithouse Pinot Noir Magnum (1.5L)

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.
  • Highlights
  • 100% Argyle Grown

    All fruit grown in vineyards farmed by Argyle

  • Winery Exclusive

    Available only online here or at the Argyle Tasting House

  • Library Selection

    Releases from Argyle's estimable library

  • Limited Production

    Under 500 cases total production

  • Accolades
  • 93 Points Wine Enthusiast
  • 93 Points Wine Spectator
Wine Info
Vintage Notes

Wine Facts

  • Vineyards Knudsen Vineyard
  • AVA Dundee Hills AVA
  • Alcohol % by VOL. 14.0%
  • Winemaker Rollin Soles and Andrew Davis

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The Savvy Collector

The best vehicle for long-term ageability is capturing vintages in large format. We've given you a head start on the first few years of aging with this rare selection from our library. Our very best and rarest Pinot, it is crafted only from vintages when our winemakers believe they can achieve its purest expression of power and grace.

Wine Geek Companion

When planted in 2000, Pinot Noir at Knudsen Vineyard in Dundee represented the highest density plantings ever in the Willamette Valley. There, the fruit destined for Sprithouse is at the highest elevation blocks, at the margins of viability for ripening.

Vintage Notes

The 2008 growing season was a “late bloomer”. A very dry, cold Spring delayed flowering until July rather than the traditional June time frame. August brought needed rainfall—more rain in August than any one month of March, April or May. As usually happens, the predicted rain in October was called off, and dry Indian Summer weather took hold. Ripening and picking occurred at a nice even pace. Our last day of picking was October 29th.

93 Points, Wine Enthusiast

“The fruit for the 2008 Spirithouse Pinot Noir was sourced from the Knudsen Vineyard in Dundee Hills. It's 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 .” – J.M.

93 Points, Wine Spectator

"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." - H.S., Oct. 26, 2011