This wine opens with a note of warm peach cobbler with a dollop of melting vanilla ice cream on top accompanied by cool melon and crisp Bartlett pear with hints of oak spice to tie it all together. That sounds like a mouthful and that is exactly what this wine is. The wine hits the palate in a wash of honeydew and canary melon with an accented flinty minerality and a delicate smoky character followed by a creamy mid-palate with lemon poppyseed cake notes and an allspice-and-clove spiced elegant finish highlighting the deft use of French Oak. The blend highlights the Knudsen Vineyard’s richness, complexity, and refinement in its Chardonnay while adding 10% Lone Star Vineyard Chardonnay to enhance the mineral aspect of the wine. This is the very limited selection of Argyle’s best Chardonnay barrels of a great vintage in Oregon’s Willamette Valley.
Wine Advocate 92 points - One white wine, the 2008 Nut House Chardonnay was presented. Medium straw-colored, it offers up aromas of buttered popcorn, mineral, pear, apple, and hazel nuts. Round and mouth-filling on the palate with lively acidity to balance the fruit, this nicely balanced offering may well evolve for 1-2 years and drink well through 2015.”,,, (Oct 2010)