Archery Summit Dundee Hills Pinot Noir 2021

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Alcohol: 13.5%

Grape(s): Pinot Noir

Localization: Dundee Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon

Tasting Notes: The Dundee Hills Pinot Noir touts all the hallmarks of Archery Summit's storied appellation. It begins with brambleberry, ripe rainier cherry, blackberry blossoms, cocoa powder, and spice on the nose. The palate is just as lively, with fresh, juicy red fruit backed by graceful tannins and acid. Finishing with spiced oak and a mouth-coating minerality, this wine is a case study in the magic of the Dundee Hills.

97 points Decanter: No one is naïve about the difficulties and challenges of growing Pinot Noir away from its home in Burgundy (even there, of course, it isn’t easy). Pinot has taken to Oregon’s Willamette Valley with remarkable success, though, and especially to the red-soiled Dundee Hills. This 2021 wine is a fine example of the charm, balance and satisfaction that fine Dundee Hills Pinot can provide. Translucent scarlet in colour, with magnetically attractive raspberry scents, once on the palate the wine is soft-contoured yet energetic, with arresting intensity of fruit. Here the raspberry shades into something more curranty and tenacious, and there are refreshing bitter notes in the finish, too, with a hint of earthiness perhaps derived from the clays of volcanic origin in which the vines grow. The warm edge of cool climate? Perhaps – and it makes for beautiful drinking.

The Domain: In 1993, Archery Summit set its sights on creating wines of real purpose in the Willamette Valley. Since, the Dundee Hills winery has helped establish the region as the cradle of cooler-climate American wine. Winemaker Ian Burch and his team achieve bar-raising wines by way of earned instincts—the familiarity gained from many shared vintages and tending sites they know personally. Thirty years on, Archery Summit proudly considers itself the steward of someplace truly special, with unparalleled potential. The winegrowing stresses organic and biodynamic farming, with zero tolerance for herbicide, nurturing the land and yielding a rousing lineup of estate Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The Archery Summit winery and estate vineyards in the Dundee Hills use sustainable practices and are live-certified.