Archery Summit Premier Cuvee Pinot Noir 2010
Fruit, flowers, spice, mineral, and earth; this wine exhibits all of these elements both aromatically and in the form of flavor. Red fruits are abundant on the nose—currants and marionberry, cherry, and pomegranate, which turn towards raspberry, blueberry, and boysenberry on the palate. There are violets and sweet peas, if one chooses to find them, nestled against cinnamon stick, gingerbread, clean stones, and fresh-turned earth. This wine is vibrant, confectionery, and layered with a freshness and mineral quality, shaped by clean lines and a lingering, persistent finish.
Established in 1993, Archery Summit is one of the premier wineries of the Dundee Hills, in the heart of the Willamette Valley. With underground caves modeled after the subterranean cellars of the Cote d'Or and hewn from the natural volcanic rock found beneath the estate, ideal aging conditions are provided for the Pinot Noir. For more than two decades, they have developed an international reputation for producing wines among the finest and most luxurious of New World Pinot Noir. In 2009, Archery Summit was chosen as one of the wines to be served at Michelle Obama's first White House state dinner—proof of their worldwide acclaim. Premier Cuvee, their Pinot Noir prorietary blend, is made from both their oldest plantings and select Dijon clones sourced from the estate vineyards. These hillside vineyards, which are planted with up to 4,800 vines per acre, are tended exclusively by their crew of dedicated vineyard workers. The wine was fermented by indigenous yeasts in both wooden and stainless steel, open-top tanks and gently handled in their unique gravity-flow winery.