Archery Summit "Dundee Hills" Pinot Noir 2018
(Willamette Valley, Oregon) - [WE 91]
Regular price $81.00 Sale price $59.99 Save $21.01
Notes from the Winemaker:
Aromatically, the wine is boisterous and full of harmony, drawing on every fetching fragrance from the volcanic Red Hills. Equal parts rhubarb, clove, graham cracker, bay leaf, rose water, and carnation sync to provide a layered nose. On the palate, the wine shows fine, cocoa-like tannins with deep, marinated black currant flavors and a savory, dramatic finish. Flexing robust flavor while still offering restraint, this wine is a telling glimpse of a remarkable 2018 vintage.
To unpack this Pinot Noir is to dig through layer upon intriguing layer of the storied Dundee Hills appellation. The appellation offers the power of plurality within a single, unique place. The immaculate growing conditions bring every detail of the five select vineyard sites to lifeâ€”the varying blocks, soil types, vine ages, and clonesâ€”resulting in a wine brimming with complexity.
Fruit for the 2018 Dundee Hills Pinot Noir was hand picked between September 13th to 27th. The fruit was hand sorted and fermented in wooden, concrete, and stainless steel open top tanks. During primary fermentation, tanks were pumped over twice daily, and near the end of fermentation, tanks were punched down and pumped over up to two times per day. After70% non-inoculated fermentation, the wine was sent via gravity to 29% new French oak barrels and aged for 10 months prior to bottling.
Ratings & Reviews
"This cuvÃ©e is the first to be released from each new vintage, and the most widely available. The 2018 marks the debut (from harvest to bottling) of winemaker Ian Burch, and it's a promising one. Full bodied and open, this mixes ripe red and purple fruits, especially plums and cherries, with a touch of lightly minty chocolate. Delicious and ready for near-term enjoyment. Paul Gregutt" - (7/1/2020)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"Medium ruby-purple, the 2016 Pinot Noir Dundee Hills has an open, spicy nose of crushed black cherries, warm raspberries and blackberries with notes of cinnamon stick, clove and dried leaves. Medium-bodied, it gives good layers of warm spiced fruits in the mouth and earthy accents. Itâ€™s structured with firm, fuzzy-textured tannins and just enough acidity to carry the finish." - Erin Brooks (30th Nov 2018)