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2011 vintage notes: From Argyle's Lone Star Vineyard. Riesling the way it should be. Lush yet buoyant. Musk melon and the lightest, almost airy vanilla cream on the nose. Both follow through on the mid-palate joined by the purest pineapple. Lip-smacking is the best way to describe the finish. - Andy

A hint of white peach and nectarine in a citrus blossom and mineral nose, the same stone fruits, lemon, lime, and water on slate in the flavor, with 3% residual sugar pulling back the racy acidity and minerality to a perfect balance. An intoxicating, compelling Riesling showing that Oregon winemaking has largely ignored this grape for too long.

Made with fruit from Argyle Winery's (famous for their sparkling wines) Lone Star Vineyard in the Eola Amity Hills, just below the famous Seven Springs Vineyard owned by Evening Land.

From the winery: Affixed to a southwest facing slope under 500 feet in elevation, just below the famed Seven Springs Vineyard (now Evening Land notoriety), you'll find an intelligently planted, extremely well maintained vineyard called Lone Star. You may not have heard of it, but chances are you've tried some of it's wines: Nuthouse Chardonnay or Pinot Noir? Still a relative secret...Argyle also crafts compelling Riesling fruit from this warm site.

Tucked back in the corner of a hillside in the Eola-Amity Hills, these are some of America's only high density plantings of Riesling. Competition within the tight spacing of the rows combined with the highly weathered basalt three feet below, produces mind bending intense Riesling gripped by high acid and the focus one would expect of a neurologist. This is the kind of fruit you expect to see from certain parts of the Mosel, but northern Oregon?

Gelderman soil is a series consisting of moderately deep, well drained soils formed from basalt and tuffaceous materials. Gelderman soils occur on smooth convex hills and foothills. On average, 30-60 inches deep into this soil series, you'll hit weathered basalt, leaving this soil dry for almost 90 days past the summer solstice. This allows the fruit to not only moderate growth, but imbue the hanging grapes with flavor. Competing soil types in the region are: Nekia, Bellpine, and Windygap.

While Lone Star Vineyard can be particularly warm compared to other Willamette sites, 2011 with its Indian summer-extended October hang-time, gave us Riesling of pronounced acidity and balanced ripeness.

The name is an homage to when a wine's aroma and taste pull a memory out that reminds you of the first great wine you ever had. Aroma and taste have the ability to teleport you back to a special place and time, and there is no greater vehicle than wine, and no greater wine than Riesling. - the winery

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