July 2, 2019

Oregon 2019: 451 Tasting Notes And Scores

James Suckling Logoby Nick Stock

“I went to Oregon earlier this year and tasted more than 450 wines, and it should come as no surprise the wines once again delivered a strong unified impression of rich flavors, structure and balance.

The warm 2017 vintage takes center stage here (it made up more than three-quarters of the wines tasted), and the story is one of mitigating the heat of the vintage and delivering full-flavored wines with freshness, particularly in pinot noir. ‘Trying to slow the vines down and extend the season and get hang time has been a consistent theme for many recent vintages,’ says Cristom’s Tom Gerrie.

Judging by the quality of wine they offered, producers are certainly ahead of the constantly shifting climatic conditions. Stay tuned for a more in-depth report in the next week or two.”

2016 Argyle Nuthouse Chardonnay – 92 Points: Outstanding

“This has plenty of savory, complex grilled nuts, layered across bright pears and melon. The palate is concentrated and composed with a smooth, gently creamy edge to the finish. Drink now. Screw cap.”

2016 Argyle Reserve Pinot Noir – 92 Points: Outstanding

“This offers a vibrant and attractive array of fresh red cherries with lightly earthy and spicy oak nuances, in a very upbeat mode. The palate has a smoothly delivered array of plush and velvety fruit tannins and poached strawberries in abundance. Modern assembly style. Drink or hold.”

2016 Argyle Nuthouse Pinot Noir – 91 Points: Outstanding

“There’s a pleasingly complex feel to the nose with a wealth of leafy and brambly cherries. The palate is supple and soft with ripe, cascading tannins, delivering generosity and immediate appeal. Drink now. Screw cap.”

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