Archery Summit Red Hills Estate Pinot Noir 2010
Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon
This wine opens with aromas that are both lifted and deep: black currants and star anise, cracked allspice, licorice root, manuka honey and sassafras. There are brambly cane fruit notes reminiscent of blackberries and boysenberries along with exotic spice of cardamom and saffron; rose petals and toasted cherry pits. On the palate one finds vibrant forest strawberries, bing cherries, clove oil, walnut meat, and a savory umami character. Present also are notes of kirsch filled chocolates, maple sugar and an iron-like minerality. This is a regal and refined rendition of our Red Hills Estate. Tannins are plush and integrated and the very satisfying whole shows tremendous focus, intrigue and persistence.
Wine Spectator - "This has some density of color and flavor, with a strong minty note running through the currant and blackberry fruit, dancing lightly on the finish."
The Wine Advocate - "The 2010 Pinot Noir Archery Summit Estate showcases the south-facing, 16 acre winery property and vines planted in 1994 and 1995, of which this limited bottling slightly favors a block of old-fashioned Pommard selection over the site’s predominant Dijon clones. At close to 60%, it received the largest share of new barrels found in any of this estate’s 2010s. Marzipan, vanilla, and maraschino lend a confectionary tone that begins already in the nose, but notes of rose hip, sachet, and black tea offer welcome counterpoint and complexity. A glycerol-slicked, polished palate compliments the richness of ripe cherry fruit and leads to a soothingly lingering finish. This ought to perform well for at least the better part of a decade, though it is one of those among current Archery Summit releases that would have much benefitted from some genuinely saliva-inducing savor."
Archery Summit Winery
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 reputation that is among the finest of new world Pinot Noir. The Archery Summit portfolio is comprised of Archery Summit Estate, Arcus Estate, which are located in the Dundee Hills AVA and Looney Vineyard, located in the Ribbon Ridge AVA as well as their proprietary blend, Premier Cuvee. View all Archery Summit Winery Wines
About Willamette ValleyView a map of Willamette Valley wineries (will-AAM-it)
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 typically plentiful, rainfall can occasionally be tricky, and the wines here vary vintage to vintage. Within the Willamette Valley is a number of sub-regions, including McMinnville, Dundee and Yamhill.
Notable FactsThe valley is known for its Pinots – Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris. With a climate similar to Burgundy – in rainfall, sunlight hours and other climate factors – Pinot Noir has flourished here. Pinot Noir in Oregon produces wines that are fruit forward, yet complex, some with good agebility.
Other than Pinot Noir, many wineries grow Pinot Gris and Chardonnay. Pinot Gris from Oregon is delightful in its texture and food friendliness. Chardonnay in the valley adapts well to the cool climate and produces lean, elegant wines.
About OregonOregon has long been an agricultural state, producing everything from hazelnuts to cattle. The Willamette Valley in particular is a fertile basin for all sorts of produce. Not quite pegged as a wine state, in 1965, a UC Davis graduate named David Lett decided that the Willamette's climate mirrored that of Burgundy in France. With that in mind, he decided to plant some Pinot Noir clones to see how they did. And a good gamble it was. The Willamette is now one of the only regions in the world to focus solely on Pinot Noir as its red variety. Also known for Chardonnay and Pinot Gris. The southern part of Oregon has been slower in delving into the world wine market, but has been making excellent strides with their Rhone style varietals, like Syrah and Grenache. There are also coastal regions producing promising wines.
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