Wine of the Day: Argyle “Nuthouse” Riesling

Riesling has been a signature variety of Willamette Valley since the early days, with the pioneers of the region planting the high acid variety in volcanic Oregon soils. Fifty years ago visionaries, like David Lett and Dick Erath, moved to the northwest region and began planting cool-climate varieties, understanding the terrior would be ideal for growing Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, and Riesling for still wines. In the 1980’s, Ft Worth native, Rollin Soles, knew this area would also be ideal for producing sparkling wine, beginning Argyle Winery in the Dundee Hills in 1987. Today, with over 400 acres of estate vineyards throughout covering a range of micro-climates, ensuring their sparkling and still wines shine with character and personality. With a touch of sweetness, the off-dry Argyle Nuthouse Riesling ($30) is bright, fruity, and fresh with an incredible balance of acidity melding with a slightly creamy richness, thanks to 11 months of aging on the lees in neutral barrels. Completely age-worthy, but also delightful now paired with spicy Thai food or sushi, the wine layers candied ginger, lemon zest, ripe nectarine, and apricot. As we work through the COVID-19 pandemic, the winery is offering free ground shipping on any orders of a case or more so now is the time to stock up.