93pts Wilfred Wong
The 2017 Argyle Nuthouse Pinot Noir brings all of the best elements of this grape variety together in a well-conceived package. This wine shows the alluring aspects of Pinot Noir. Pair its riveting aromas and flavors of strawberry preserves and fresh boysenberries with a slowly-roasted leg of lamb. (Tasted: December 23, 2019, San Francisco, CA)
92pts James Suckling
This has an attractive, fresh and silky feel with a very smooth, vibrant and lively set of red-fruit aromas on offer. The palate has a fresh and quite detailed core of red cherries with neatly groomed tannins. Drink or hold. Screw cap.
91pts Wine Enthusiast
The Nuthouse cuvée is sourced entirely from the estate’s Lone Star Vineyard. This is a spicy wine with scents of pine needles wrapped into a fruit mix of rhubarb, cranberry and strawberry. Though perhaps not quite as ripe as would be optimal, the balance and complexity elevate this and suggest it will carry through medium term aging. Drink after 2022.
90pts Wine Spectator
Sleek and elegantly built, with appealing cherry and savory spice flavors that glide on a long finish. Drink now through 2026.
The 2017 growing season began with a relatively cool and wet spring in comparison to 2014-2016, leading to more normal timing of bud break at the end of April. May was fairly cool with a few blips of heat which lead to a moderately later bloom in mid to late June, depending on elevation. Both cluster size and quantity was larger than 2016 so heavy crop-thinning was in order to produce balanced wines. August was very warm but turned cool in September, which allowed the fruit to hang and gain aromatic complexity.