May 6, 2020

Outstanding: 2018 Master Series Nuthouse Riesling

Great Northwest Wine LogoTraditionally, Argyle has dubbed Riesling as its “most age-worthy variety,” and there’s no reason to doubt that claim as Nate Klostermann continues to shepherd the tradition set down by longtime mentor Rollin Soles. This latest release from prized Lone Star Vineyard is astoundingly floral with orange blossom, peach, alyssum and elderflower. The remarkable mouthfeel is a reflection of its 11 months of surlie aging in neutral barrel for a flavor profile of Italian lime soda and jasmine with spearmint finish. While the residual sugar is listed at 1.2%, the penetration of acidity provides a sense of refreshment rather than making it racy rather than a ripper. On the International Riesling Foundation Taste Profile scale it tilts on the dry side of “medium dry” and plays out as serious but not nerdy. Suggested pairings start with a spicy bowl of pho.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 300 cases

Alcohol: 12.5%

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