Effusively floral, this wine opens with fragrant aromas of violets, lilac and gardenia, echoed by orange pekoe, rose petals, crushed boysenberries and licorice-like fennel. There are blueberries and red cherries on the palate that mingle with hints of cocoa powder, marzipan, crème brulee, toasted hazelnuts and clean riverbank clay. At once expansive and expressive, yet at the same time contained and restrained, this wine reveals a dynamic tension that is both complex and captivating. The palate is broad and juicy with an intense depth of flavor and a slightly saline finish that sends the mouth watering, anxious for the next sip.
"From a steep-sided, meagerly-soiled amphitheater with diverse selections and clones, one portion of which was planted already in 1973 (like other illustrious sites near Worden Hill Road, by the elder Jim Maresh), and representing around 40% of their total acreage, Archery Summit’s 2010 Pinot Noir Arcus Estate offers an aromatically striking, texturally tender, and mouthwateringly savory experience. Fresh cherry and strawberry shadowed by their distilled counterpart; bittersweet floral inhalations; carnation; smoky black tea; and nut oils, all joined in an umami-suffused finish by richly fatty carnal allusions. Billowing, greenhouse-like sensations of flowering and leafy things along with positively integrated bitter notes keep this broad, resonant Pinot persistently intriguing as well as sensually engaging."
The Wine Advocate