Archery Summit Red Hills Estate Pinot Noir 2009
Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
This wine opens with inviting notes of sarsaparilla, black currants, licorice root, and fragrant Ceylon cinnamon. The palate is a succulent and compelling combination of tart black cherries, Tay berries and my mom's gingersnap cookies, along with a saline, savory quality that lends it both depth and complexity. As is the custom with this vineyard, the wine is succulent and satisfying and builds to a gratifying finish where it lingers and lasts with intertwined flavors of berry and spice.
"The 2009 Pinot Noir Red Hills Estate spent 15 months in barrel. Notes of vanilla, raspberry, and chocolate lead to a wine with greater density and richness than the preceding wines. Exceptionally substantial and lengthy for the vintage, it, too, should drink well through 2021 if not longer."
The Wine Advocate
"A terrific mouthfeel highlights this mix of berry and cherry fruits, toast and cinnamon. Tart and focused, it was aged in roughly half new French oak for the first 10 months, then transferred to neutral barrels for another five months. Fine-grained tannins give it an elegant finish."
"Bright ruby-red. Exotically perfumed bouquet evokes candied red fruits, Asian spices and sandalwood, with notes of cola and mocha emerging with air. Juicy and incisive, offering sweet raspberry and cherry flavors that gain flesh and weight with air. Finishes spicy and very long, with persistent floral and allspice qualities."
International Wine Cellar
"Smooth and complex, with a minty edge to the ripe cherry, smoke and tobacco flavors, finishing with a touch of wet earth."
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Since its inception in 1993, Archery Summit has been devoted to crafting exceptional Pinot Noir from its 120 acres across five estate vineyards. Inspired by the remarkable growing conditions provided by the Willamette Valley, Archery Summit approaches each step of the winemaking process with particular thoughtfulness and care. This rich tradition has driven an international...
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Named for the river that runs through the valley from Portland to Eugene, Willamette Valley is home to some of the best Pinot Noir vineyards in the Northwest. While along the same north/south line as Seattle, the Willamette Valley is protected from Pacific rains by the Coast Range on the western border and the Cascade Ranges to the east. Though sunshine is...
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the right climate, with the right soils and the right care. Perhaps because
it is so difficult is why it is so loved. Pinot Noir hails from Burgundy, a region known for crafting the most collectible and sought-after wines from this varietal.
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