The 2011 Arcus Estate Pinot Noir opens with aromas of fresh blueberry cobbler, dark plums and juicy black cherries. Succulent flavors of cherry cola and black tea saturate the palate and are accompanied by layers of mixed baking spices. Mouthwatering flavors of marionberry, cinnamon stick and black huckleberry leave the palate craving another taste of this burgeoning wine.
"Archery Summit’s 2011 Pinot Noir Arcus Estate is another of their wines of this vintage to evince blue fruit character – blueberry and boysenberry, initially tinged with sandalwood and cardamom – that I don’t often find in this vintage. Fresh ginger and black pepper offer invigorating inflection, yet don’t detract at all from the underlying soothing influence of a polished, silken texture. A humus-like note and tincture of iodine contribute some darkness and intrigue – and a hint of caramel complimentary sweetness – to a lusciously long finish. Winemaker Chris Mazepink, incidentally – who was not responsible for any of the 2011s here, and was less enthusiastic about the vintage in general than other growers and vintners I interviewed – says this Arcus Estate reminds him more of a 2010 in its combination of polish and volume with energy and structure, and he thinks it will reveal a site-typical floral dimension after a few years in bottle. I certainly wouldn’t hesitate to follow it through at least 2020."
The Wine Advocate